Keynote Speakers


Creating a Cultural Paradigm Shift: What Will Your Legacy Be?

Monday, November 6 at 6:00pm

Robert N. Page Jr., Executive Director for Equity & Inclusion, Metropolitan Community College (MO)

Robert N. Page Jr. is currently the Executive Director for Equity and Inclusion at the Metropolitan Community College in Kanses City, Missouri. Formerly the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas, he has worked in postsecondary education for over 30 years and specializes in retention and recruitment programs, diversity training, awareness, conference coordination, budgeting, strategic planning, and motivating all students to achieve at their highest potential.

Robert has conducted countless workshops, seminars, and keynotes on many issues with a focus on equity, inclusion, and leadership potential. Certified and trained through the National Multicultural Institute and the Institute on Racial Justice, his areas of expertise include mutliracial identity, dominant culture privilege, training and cirriculum design, equitable policies and practices, multicultural education, multilingual issues, inclusive decision-making processes, multicultural curriculum training, and cultural communication. He specifically focuses on micro-inequities and affirmations.

Robert is the founder of such programs as the National Black Leadership Conference, the "Am I My Brother's Keeper" Male Empowerment Conference, and the African American Male Summit at NASPA and ACPA. With over 15 years of housing experience, he left efforts in the creation of the Minority & Friends Network at the Oshkosh Placement Exchange and the Tunnel of Oppression Diversity Activity and has assisted with numerous other endeavors that include housing retreats, presentations, and training sessions. He attributes his success to people that he has worked with.

Robert holds a Master of Science in Counseling from Central Missouri State University. He is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Association of College Personnel Administrators. Robert is the proud father of his two daughters, Morgan and Madison, and his son, Aidan.



From a Macintosh 9" Screen to a Smartphone: 25 years of Student Affairs in North Carolina

Wednesday, November 8 at 11:30am
Dr. Bill Haggard, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UNC Asheville

Bill Haggard joined UNC Asheville as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in July 2006. Dr. Haggard came to UNC Asheville from Western Carolina University, where he had served for nine years as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and for five years as Dean for Student Development. Earlier in his career, Haggard served as Assistant Dean of Students at Florida State University and Director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, F.L.

At UNC Asheville, Dr. Haggard leads the Student Affairs division, which includes Dean of Students, Residential Education, Citizenship Education, Highsmith Student Union, Housing and Dining Services, the Student Health and Counseling Center, Campus Recreation, Student Crisis Management, Multicultural Affairs, Transition and Parent Programs, International Student Services, and Public Safety.

Dr. Haggard is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences and a guest lecturer on topics related to student conduct administration, sexual assault prevention and response, and crisis management. He has served as the chair of the Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Knowledge Community for NASPA, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education. He also serves as a member of the board for the Hardee Center for Leadership and Ethics in Higher Education at Florida State University.  He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Florida State University and a master’s degree in counselor education from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Haggard is active in civic life and has serves on a number of boards, including the Administrative Board of the Haywood Street Congregation, a homeless ministry in Asheville (past chair), and the Rotary Club of Asheville Board (past president).

He and his wife, Linda, have two grown daughters.