73rd Annual Meeting

April 5-7, 2017 | Indianapolis, Indiana

Who should attend

Faculty and staff from colleges and universities significantly engaged in graduate education, to include, but not limited to:

  • Graduate Deans and their staff
  • Graduate Program Directors and their staff
  • Associate Deans and their staff
  • Assistant Deans and their staff


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Plenary speakers:

Beth B. Buehlmann, Ph.D.
Beth B. Buehlmann, Ph.D.
Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs, Council of Graduate Schools
Beth B. Buehlmann is currently the Vice President, public policy and government affairs for the Council of Graduate Schools. Most recently she served as the Education Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for Senator Mike Enzi. 
Ryan C. Hendrickson, Ph.D.
Ryan C. Hendrickson, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Eastern Illinois University
Ryan C. Hendrickson (Ph.D. Nebraska, B.A. Marquette University) serves as Interim Dean of the Graduate School. Previously, he served for 14 years as Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science. 
Michelle D. Hoersch, MS
Michelle D. Hoersch, MS
Regional Women’s Health Coordinator and Public Health Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Michelle Hoersch is a Public Health Advisor for the Office of the Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Region V. Michelle has a Master’s degree in Health Law and Administration from DePaul University in Chicago and has been with the Department since 1996, most of that time as Regional Women’s Health Coordinator for the Office on Women’s Health.
Teresa Lubbers
Teresa Lubbers
Indiana Commissioner of Higher Education
Teresa Lubbers was appointed in 2009 to serve as Commissioner for Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education, the coordinating agency charged with ensuring the state’s postsecondary education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state. Prior to joining the Commission, Lubbers served in the Indiana State Senate for 17 years, leading on education and economic development issues as Chair of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee.
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Ph.D
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History, Iowa State University;
President, Midwestern History Association
Pamela teaches at Iowa State University, where she is Professor of History. She is currently President of the Midwestern History Association. She is the author of four books: Rooted in Dust: Surviving Drought and Depression in Southwestern KansasChildhood on the Farm: Work, Play and Coming of Age in the MidwestAlways Plenty to Do: Growing Up on a Farm in the Long Ago and The Nature of Childhood: An Environmental History of Growing Up in America Since 1865. She is also the editor of Waiting on the Bounty: The Dust Bowl Diary of Mary Knackstedt Dyck and the Routledge History of Rural America.

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