Division of Academic Affairs holds 2012 Fall Faculty and Staff Conference
Kesha Williams August 20, 2012
A management expert and motivational speaker and an education consultant were special
guests for Elizabeth City State University's 2012 Fall Faculty and Staff Conference.
The two-day institute, August 14 - 15, coming on the cusp of the fall semester, was
sponsored by the ECSU Division of Academic Affairs and effectively rallied and inspired
staff and faculty before new and returning students begin classes on Aug. 21.
Management expert Michael D. Brown, a motivational speaker and best-selling author,
spoke during the morning session, and Dr. Susan C. Wyckoff, vice president for academic
affairs at the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, spoke during an afternoon segment.
Ambitious for success, hungry for professional growth and driven to help others, Brown,
a native of Lexington, Miss., developed his core values of determination, ambition
and creativity from the lessons he learned with life experiences. Early in his early
career, Brown focused on nonprofit organizations, taking on a consulting role for
some and participating as a member of the board of directors for others.
As a consultant, Brown has spent time in a diverse set of companies, organizations
and industries, such as Murphy Oil Corp. (The Wal-Mart Project), USF&G Insurance,
BP, Wells Fargo Financial, San Francisco Foundation, Ford Foundation, Marriott, Amoco,
Ralph & Kacoo's Seafood Restaurant, Wendy's International, along with a number of
small, independent business owners.
Brown has a bachelor's degree in business administration-management from Jackson State
University. He also holds a master's degree in business administration- global management.
His message centers on Fresh Customer ServiceÂ® and Major + Fresh Passion = Six Figures
through keynotes, seminars, workshops and executive retreats. Through his "Passion
Principles," he helps colleges to move their students to graduation while discovering
their personal brands leading to successful and lucrative careers.
Wyckoff holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of New
Hampshire. At the Colleges of Worcester Consortium in Massachusetts, she directs and
teaches regularly in the Consortium's Certificate in College Teaching Program. She
has an extensive background in higher education administration, particularly in the
areas of academic policy development and implementation, faculty development, curriculum
development and program review and assessment activities.
She presents nationally on topics of institutional effectiveness and improved teaching
practices. She is the author of numerous publications related to issues of institutional
effectiveness in higher education, with emphasis on student satisfaction and retention.
Prior to joining the Consortium, Wyckoff served as vice president for academic affairs
at New England College in Henniker, N.H., and at Dean College in Franklin, Mass.
She also has significant teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels,
working with both with traditional students and adult learners. She serves as chair
of the executive board of ACE Women Leaders in Massachusetts, serves on the board
of the New England Faculty Development Consortium and on the AVID Postsecondary Advisory
Dr. Ali Khan, provost and vice chancellor for the Division of Academic Affairs, said
he appreciated the work of all the staff in the division to organize the 2012 Fall
Faculty and Staff Conference.