Florida Office of Women in Higher Education


 is part of a national system of state networks led by the ACE Women's Network Executive Council of the American Council on Education Inclusive Excellence Group. The American Council on Education has provided national leadership in the advancement of women into executive positions and campus presidencies.  Among the twenty seven states that hold active chapters, we as Florida women in higher education have recently added our own.

As our mission, FLOWHE adheres to the principles of the ACE Women's Network and works to:
  • IDENTIFY women leaders
  • DEVELOP their leadership abilities
  • ENCOURAGE the use of those abilities
  • ADVANCE women's careers
  • LINK them to other women and mentors
  • SUPPORT women in mid and executive-level positions throughout their careers


Our Inaugural Conference was held on March 28, 2008 in Miami. Highlights of that day included four presidential panels pertaining to women’s career issues and a keynote address from Dr. Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami. 

year later, on April 17, 2009, our Second Annual Conference took place in Daytona Beach. Our presidential panel with Dr. Judy Genshaft (University of South Florida) and Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed (Bethune-Cookman University) discussed "Higher Education in an Uncertain Economic Environment". Drs. Genshaft and Reed respectively presented public and private university perspectives on the topic.

On October 8, 2010, in Pensacola, we hosted a dynamic array of speakers discussing everything from using social media networks to managing our own "brand" as professional women. A presidential panel including Dr. Judy Bense (University of West Florida), Ms. Loreen Chant (Johnson & Wales University, Miami Campus) and Dr. Nancy Cooley (Florida State College at Jacksonville, Open Campus) provided the group with valuable insights on how they were able to reach the presidency of their institutions.
Our state conference in Florida's "Panhandle" even included women educators from Alabama! By including our neighboring state, we hope to grow the ACE Women's Network and encourage Alabama women to create their own state network.
FLOWHE 2012 CONFERENCE                                                  
Florida Office of Women in Higher Education
State Conference
October 12, 2012
Stetson University
DeLand, Florida 

8:00am – 8:45am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 9:30am

Welcome & FLOWHE Updates: Beatriz Gonzalez, Ph.D., Executive Board Chair, FLOWHE

9:45am – 10:45am

Challenging Personnel Issues & Conflict Resolution 
     Nerissa Morris, Vice President, Human Resources, University of Miami

11:00am – 12:15pm

Presidential Panel: Career Paths to Senior Leadership & the Presidency
      Dr. Wendy Libby, President, Stetson University
      Dr. Maggie Cabral–Maly, Campus President, Kent Campus and Cecil Center
           Florida State College at Jacksonville
      Dr. Margaret Sullivan, Regional Chancellor, USF, St. Petersburg, Retired

12:15pm – 1:30pm

 Woman of the Year Award 
      Presented to Dr. Belle Wheelen, Ph.D.
      Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
      Commission on Colleges
Keynote Address – Diversifying Your Campus through Purposeful Leadership
      Shirlyon McWhorter-Jones – Director, Equal Opportunity Programs & Diversity,
Florida International University

1:45pm – 3:00pm

Break - Out Sessions
Negotiating  for Success (Faculty, Directors, Deans & above) – Stetson Room
  Speaker - TBD
Negotiating for Success (Adm.  Assistants, Supervisors & Managers)–Private Dining Room    
        Lenore Prado, M.S., PHR, Associate Director, Human Resources, St. Thomas University
Pursuing Graduate Degrees (Student Session) – 1st Floor Faculty Lounge
        Nancee Bailey, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
             Embry Riddle University
        Lynn Comer Jones, Ph.D., CPA,  Associate Dean for Accreditation,
             Assessment & Continuous 
Improvement, Coggin College of Business, 
              University of North Florida
        Angela McCorvey, Ph.D., Associate VicePresident,
             Diversity and International 
Education and Programs
             University of West Florida

3:15pm – 4:45pm

Best Practices and Pitfalls in Career Planning & Job Searches
Elizabeth “Betsy” A. Alden, Ph.D., Alden & Associates, Inc.
     Marie McDemmond, Ed.D. - Academic Search, Inc.  
     Clyda Rent, Ph.D., Rent Consulting Group, LLC

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Social Hour – The Palm Court


FLOWHE Business


Meet the FLOWHE Executive Board

Northern Florida Region Chair
Dr. Angela E. McCorvey
University of West Florida
(850) 473-7448




Central Florida Region Chair

Dr. Nancee Bailey
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
(386) 323-8966







South Florida Region Chair

Dr. Robin Lovett
St. Thomas University
(305) 628-6556




Assistant to the Executive Board

Angela Toth
St. Thomas University
(305) 474-6869


Regions the FLOWHE Executive Board Serves:















Third Annual Conference - October 8, 2010
University of West Florida: Pensacola, Florida
Presidential Panel
From left to right: Dr. Judy Bense (President, University of West Florida), Dr. Nancy Cooley (President, Open Campus, Florida State College at Jacksonville), Ms. Loreen Chant (President, Johnson & Wales University, North Miami Campus)
2010 Conference Picture Slideshow
Second Annual Conference - April 17, 2009 
Bethune-Cookman University: Daytona, Florida

Presidential Panel







           Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed                                     Dr. Judy Genshaft
                    President                                                    President
       Bethune-Cookman University                         University of South Florida
FLOWHE Executive Board & Panelists
2009 Conference Picture Slideshow
 *Professional photos of the 2009 conference courtesy of Mr. John Reeves from Bethune-Cookman University*
St. Thomas University: Miami, Florida 

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami 













 (In order from left to right) Dr. Beatriz Robinson, Reverend Monsignor Franklyn Casale & Dr. Donna Shalala


2008 Conference Picture Slideshow


CLICK HERE to see the video of Dr. Shalala's keynote address


  • Dr. Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami
  • Dr. John P. Johnson, President, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, President, St. Thomas University
  • Dr. Judy Bense, President, University of West Florida

For additional information, please contact either Dr. Beatriz Robinson (305.474.6846), Mrs. Angela Toth (305.474.6869) or send us an email at flowhe@stu.edu

 Florida Office of Women in Higher Education (FLOWHE)

St. Thomas University
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054