Letter from AHEAD President: Jamie Axelrod

Dear Friends and Esteemed Colleagues,

Well, another academic year is winding down. It used to be that come the end of the Spring term there was a summertime lull. However, over the last several years, I have noticed that the demands of our work remain steady throughout the year. It seems hard to know why that is. Right now, it feels like many things are unpredictable and it is difficult to anticipate what the immediate future holds. I recognize that for some, that shift is exciting and for others it causes great concern. However you feel about it, it is the current environment in which we are living and working and it does impact our work. That said, there is one thing I do feel confident about; your commitment to access in education. While I know that we may not agree on everything, I also know we all hold access to educational opportunities as a core value. I am confident that even as priorities shift around us, that commitment will keep you working to ensure those opportunities continue to be available to individuals with disabilities.

In the Fall, I indicated that AHEAD’s aim is to innovate and bring you new opportunities to expand your skills and expertise. So far this year we have seen your engagement with us in the area of Professional Development reach its highest levels. Webinar participation is up and our new “Next Chapter” advanced training is sold out! Along with the Management Institute and the 2017 “Equity and Excellence” conference we expect to provide our most impactful set of Professional Development experiences ever.

Finally, we have just concluded our process of receiving nominations for positions on AHEAD’s Board of Directors, and nominations for our annual awards, which honor Professionals and Student’s alike is open until the end of the month. I encourage you to nominate a deserving colleague for an award. And of course, when the time comes, please exercise your right to vote for candidates you feel would be the best leaders for our organization

Thank you all for your contributions as part AHEAD and I hope to see you in Dallas or Orlando!

Jamie Axelrod

President, Association on Higher Education and Disability