Innovations 2019 Closing Keynote John Roueche

Closing General Session Keynote
Wednesday, February 27, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Presentation

Excellence Awards Celebration
In this session, John Roueche celebrates the 2018 Excellence Award recipients. Awards Programs are distributed to recipients as they enter the ballroom. As the session comes to a close, recipients participate in a ceremonial donning of their Excellence Award medallions. This is a moving event that you don't want to miss. (Friends, family members, and colleagues of award recipients are welcome to attend the closing session at no cost.)


John Edward Roueche is President of the Roueche Graduate Center, National American University. Previously, he served as the Sid Richardson Regents Chair and as a professor and Director of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin from 1971-2012.

Roueche has received extensive national recognition for his research, teaching, service, and overall leadership, including the 2016 Harry S. Truman Award from the American Association of Community Colleges; the 2012 Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award from the American Association of Community Colleges; and the 2012 Diverse Champion Award from the publishers and editors of Diverse Issues in Higher Education. He was honored in 2012 by the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors, who named their national leadership initiative the John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute. In 2014, the Community College Association of Texas Trustees also named their Trustee Training Initiative in his honor. The League for Innovation in the Community College named their distinguished leadership award the John E. Roueche and Terry O’Banion Leadership Award in 2013. The League also named their excellence awards the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards.

Since 1970, Roueche has spoken to more than 1,300 colleges and universities on topics of teaching and leadership excellence. He is the author of 37 books and more than 175 articles and chapters focused on leadership, teaching, and learning. He has served as Principal Investigator for more than $40 million in projects funded by major American foundations during his years of service at the University of Texas.

Roueche graduated from Mitchell Community College, received an A.B. from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a M.A. from Appalachian State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University.

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