New Chair Alliance

(2020 New Chair Alliance Presenter Information Coming Soon!)


The New Chair Alliance connects and supports new chairs through a pre-conference workshop followed by the two-day chairpersons conference. When you register for the New Chair Alliance, your registration fee will guarantee three full days of networking and learning.  Register today!

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Dr. Katherine P. Frank
Vice President for Academic Innovation, Central Washington University

Katherine Frank recently accepted the position of Vice President for Academic Innovation at Central Washington University.  In this role, she will help the university to prepare for the future and to remain competitive in the marketplace.  The duties of this position include conducting research regarding academic innovation relevant to CWU priorities, aligned with future institutional growth plans, and responsive to the rapid changes within higher education.  Academic innovation refers to the comprehensive learning experience that defines student success at CWU and encompasses learning both inside and outside of the classroom and across major institutional divisions.  Prior to joining CWU, Dr. Frank served as dean of arts and sciences at Northern Kentucky University where she led the university’s largest college, with thirteen academic departments and five centers.  She has also served as dean of humanities and social sciences at Indiana University East and as chairperson of English and foreign languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo.  Dr. Frank’s research interests include Romantic and Victorian English Literature, rhetoric and composition, literary theory, the scholarship of teaching, and academic leadership.


Portrait of Dr. Daniel WheelerDr. Daniel Wheeler
Professor Emeritus of Leadership Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Daniel (Dan) Wheeler is a professor emeritus of leadership studies and former head of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, he was coordinator of the Office of Professional and Organizational Development at Nebraska. He has degrees from Antioch College, Cornell and State University of New York at Buffalo. Wheeler has made numerous contributions to faculty development, chairing departments and leadership. He currently serves as a chair coach. He is author of several Jossey-Bass books,  including Servant Leadership for Higher Education: Principles and Practices (2012); The Academic Chair’s Handbook (2008, 2nd edition); Academic Leadership in Community Colleges (1994); The Department Chair: New Roles, Responsibilities and Challenges (1993); and Enhancing Faculty Careers: Strategies for Renewal & Development (1990).

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