The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, October 17, and the morning of Thursday, October 18, nine chapter leaders and five NAGAP board members came together in Olathe, Kansas, to attend the Chapter Leaders Meeting which is held every other year at NAGAP headquarters.
President James Crane opened the meeting, welcomed the group and provided a brief history of NAGAP and its goal for chapters—to extend NAGAP’s reach and to learn about challenges on a local level. Chapters are a very important aspect of NAGAP. They present a pathway to engagement for members, including leadership development opportunities.
We had an ambitious agenda and made sure to have lots of caffeine and treats available as we reviewed the process of filing for tax exemption and listened to a presentation on insurance offerings for associations. This was followed by a branding and logo discussion where chapter logos and other information were reviewed. Chapters were encouraged to send event information to the NAGAP office for inclusion on the calendar and events page of the NAGAP website and on e-news. A robust discussion followed about resource sharing and coordination of efforts related to topics such as educational offerings, membership outreach ideas and the NAGAP speakers database. Following a busy afternoon, dinner was held at a nearby restaurant with several bocce courts, where we had opportunity to engage in some friendly competition.
On the morning of the 17th, Linda Horisk, Chair of the Education Committee, gave an overview of the current educational initiatives. Following this, James Crane and Monica Evans-Lombe, NAGAP’s Executive Director, provided the group with NAGAP's strategic plan and led a Board Leadership activity based on the book Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. The meeting concluded with chapter leaders sharing challenges they face in their roles such as keeping officers engaged, recruiting volunteer leadership, and getting members to attend chapter conferences. Idea sharing about defining and conveying membership value, and different ways to identify and meet members’ needs rounded out the discussion.
After a busy two days, chapter leaders piled into a van for the airport and headed home, and board members stayed behind for a weekend board meeting. The chapter leaders meeting proved to be a valuable opportunity to learn and share new ideas and to forge new connections that will help chapter leaders help their members.
NAGAP Chapter Chair