APRIL 6, 2015 — DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. — Next week, Daniel M. Reck and S. Reed Cooper will present a session at the The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers conference in Baltimore, Md.
"We will be discussing approaches to managing organizational change as a small office," says Reck, the associate registrar at Midwestern University's campus in Downers Grove, Ill. "We have just four staff members but are responsible for rolling out programs that affect thousands of people at our institution."
Their session, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on April 15 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will explore case studies of small offices effecting large changes. They will also examine how each individual member of that small office can have a significant impact on the success of the work.
Cooper says, "Often these conferences focus on change management in large offices with twenty-plus staff members. It's good to look at this from a smaller perspective." He is Midwestern's registrar in Downers Grove.
The session will include discussion with the audience about the kinds of change they are managing at their colleges and universities.
"We would like this to be an interactive, productive session," says Reck. "In our case studies, we'll illustrate practical approaches to change management structured rooted in a comprehensive change model developed by John Kotter at Harvard University."
Immediately following Cooper and Reck's presentation, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will address the conference as the closing plenary presenter. She is chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management, LLC. Albright will share her thoughts about issues facing higher education and answer audience members' questions moderated by former AACRAO president Stan Henderson.
"Dr. Albright certainly has managed change on a national and global scale," Reck says. "I look forward to learning from her experience and applying it in my own ongoing projects at Midwestern."
For over a decade, Reck has applied his change management expertise at institutions ranging from major research institutions to liberal arts colleges. He earned a master of science in education degree at Northwestern University in Illinois and is also a graduate of DePauw University in Indiana. This fall, he will begin Ph.D. studies and research at Indiana State University.