Message from the CCME President:
As the Council of College and Military Educators moves into another new year we find ourselves barely having time to digest all the great information and conversations from the 2017 professional development symposium in Atlanta. I tip my hat to Franc Lopez and his board for an outstanding event that brought together nearly 1,000 attendees from all aspects of the military and veteran voluntary education communities. I especially want to thank all the speakers and presenters that made the 2017 symposium an incredible experience for those in attendance.
During several conversations in Atlanta I kept hearing a recurring theme... that while the noble effort to provide educational opportunities to our service members, veterans and their families hasn't changed, how this is accomplished definitely has. Change in any aspect of life is imminent, and our small world of military and veteran education is not immune. The entire landscape of what we do is transitioning at breath-taking speed. Initially many are prone to push back against new processes and procedures and lament about how it "just isn't the same" as it used to be.
I challenge our community, instead, to accept the change, and in fact, embrace it. John F. Kennedy once said, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future".
With the challenges of change inevitably comes opportunity. I'm hoping we can focus on that in the upcoming year.
In April our new CCME board met in San Diego to begin the preparation for the 2018 professional development symposium. As I looked around the room I saw a lot of new faces with a lot of new ideas. What an exciting time to have the privilege of serving this great organization!
I'm expecting a lot from this board, and a lot from the upcoming symposium. I am sure, however, that with a lot of hard work and a great deal of input from our membership, 2018 in San Diego will be another terrific event.
I look forward to seeing you there.