A Note From the President regarding ACE Membership Dues



I hope those of you who attended the conference in San Antonio had a great experience! From our excellent keynote speakers, to the day devoted to the Learning Communities, to the wonderful breakout sessions, ACE 2019 San Antonio had something for everyone! On behalf of the ACE Board and Officers, I’d like to extend a very enthusiastic, “well done!” to the Conference Committee and to Past President, Elizabeth Gregory North, for a fantastic conference!

I’m looking forward to serving as your ACE President in the year ahead. I will do my best, with the help of the Board, and you, to move ACE forward into 2020 and beyond. This year’s ACE Board is one of the best in recent memory, and I’m very honored to serve alongside some of the most dedicated colleagues I know. Our leadership team, along with Celtic Associates, have developed a set of “Big Ideas” to help guide us as ACE takes the next steps to provide even more value to you, the members. Stay tuned for future updates in this column!

As some of you are already aware, the ACE membership voted to increase our annual professional dues from $120 per year to $160. This vote took place at the San Antonio conference during the Members Meeting and was approved by a unanimous vote by all present. The decision to raise dues was not an easy one, but it was necessary. At our current membership, $120 per year was not sustainable without a substantial increase in our membership numbers. In fact, at our current membership/dues ratio, ACE would be bankrupt in 24 months. I encourage you to review the presentation developed by the leadership team included in this issue of the ACE Edge for further information regarding this increase and the rationale behind the decision. This increase will go into effect on September 1, 2019.

Finally, I would like to encourage you to find ways to become an active member of ACE. In my experience, I’ve found that the more you put into ACE, the more you get out of it. Become more active in your Learning Communities, seek out leadership opportunities, make yourself available to serve on committees. You’ll gain some very valuable professional development experience that may also pay off in advancing your career in ways that you never imagined. So, don’t be a passive member, be an active member!

My goal is to be available to you. If you have any comments, thoughts, questions, concerns or ideas, please get in touch. You can reach me at dedlund@tennessee.edu.

All the best and thank you for all that you do for ACE!

Doug



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