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Leadership Series: Cross-Training for Personal Advancement in Higher Education

2023tue24jan11:00 amtue12:30 pmLeadership Series: Cross-Training for Personal Advancement in Higher EducationVirtual Event | EVENT COMPLETE

Event Details

The fourth installment in the 2023 SOCHE Leadership Development series will be a virtual session entitled “Breaking Down the Silos: Cross-Training for Personal Advancement in Higher Education.” The session, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET via Zoom, will be presented by Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State College.

Dr. Blondin is proud of her successful track record in mentoring and developing higher education leaders for advancement. Attendees at this session will hear about the skills and necessary competencies that aspiring higher education leaders should develop. Participants will also have an opportunity to share career goals and begin to chart a path forward to address any skills gaps or barriers to further advancement.

Webinar participants will:

  • Understand the operational landscape of higher education and the changing business model
  • Identify positions within your institution’s operations that are aspirational for you
  • Identify areas of opportunities to close skills’ gaps needed to advance into these positions

Participants in the 2023 SOCHE Leadership Development Program are automatically registered for this event.

Join us for an insightful session that can help you map your future as a higher education professional.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET

Where: SOCHE Zoom platform (link sent 24 hours prior to event)


  • Personnel from SOCHE member schools: $10
  • Personnel from NON-member schools/organizations: $15
  • Students: FREE

Registration Cancellation Policy

Questions? Contact Mindy Claggett at SOCHE

Registration closes on Sunday, Jan. 22.

About the Presenter

Jo Alice Blondin - Clark State

Jo Alice Blondin, Ph.D.
Clark State College

Jo Alice Blondin, Ph.D., became the fifth president of Clark State Community College on July 1, 2013. Prior to Clark State, Dr. Blondin served as Chancellor of Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus and Professor of English for seven years, as well as Chief Academic Officer, Chief Student Officer, Department Chair of English, Communication, and Social Sciences and Instructor of English. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University; Master of Arts in English from Arizona State University; and Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University majoring in English with a minor in Spanish.

Dr. Blondin focuses all of her efforts on realizing the mission of the institutions she has served and is known for both her student-centered approach and her emphasis on workforce development. Since coming to Clark State, Dr. Blondin has led the development and implementation of two successive strategic plans, the creation of a multiple marketing/branding campaigns, the development of employee wellness, safety, and mentoring programs, the establishment of two baccalaureate degrees and numerous workforce programs, a reorganization of the campus to increase student success and completion that has resulted in an increase of 60% in state funding for Clark State, secured nearly $17.5 million in state funds for capital and community improvement projects, and received grant funding for Manufacturing, Precision Agriculture, Cybersecurity, Addiction Studies, Mental Health, scholarships, and youth programs totaling more than $16 million. During summer 2016, Clark State embarked on a student-success focused Major Gifts Campaign that raised more than $12 million before the public phase began in 2018.

Dr. Blondin’s national, regional, and local service strengthens Clark State’s responsiveness to workforce and community needs. Dr. Blondin is board vice chair of the Higher Learning Commission and serves on the boards of the National Council for Workforce Education, the American Health Association COVID Vaccine Task Force, and Association of Community College Trustees Advisory Committee. Additionally, she serves on the boards of the Dayton Development Coalition, Dayton Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. A native of Indianapolis, Dr. Blondin lives in Springfield with her husband, Andy Fox, who is a systems analyst for ABF Freight Systems. Their daughter, Dr. Helena Fox, is a veterinarian working in Pittsburgh, PA.


January 24, 2023 11:00 am - 12:30 pm(GMT-04:00)

Councils & Committees

SOCHE is dedicated to advancing higher education through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs. To accomplish this, SOCHE administers 16 active Councils and Committees. The purpose of a SOCHE Council or Committee is to provide an opportunity for representatives from higher education to be a resource for one another, share information and best practices, identify common challenges, and, ultimately, broaden awareness of the resources, services, and activities in higher education. SOCHE is also dependent upon the Councils and Committees for substantial input on annual professional development programs.

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