Dear Higher Education Colleagues,
We at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are honored to welcome you to the 18th Annual CUMU Conference on October 13-16, 2012. Anyone familiar with the story of Chattanooga’s renaissance from “the dirtiest city in America” to what Outside magazine called the “Best Town Ever” and the accompanying renaissance of the University knows that we speak from experience when we say, “Working Together Works: Partnering for Progress.” That’s why this is the perfect theme for this year’s conference.
The partnership between our community and our campus demonstrates perfectly the synergy and success that result from effective partnerships, and we believe participants in the conference will gain valuable insight into translating Chattanooga’s success for their own communities.
Chattanooga offers a perfect setting to discuss how shared visioning, strategic planning, and community planning come together to create a sustainable, vibrant, and progressive city in which to work, live, play, and learn.
We hope you will come early to experience the unique mix of American history, scenic beauty, family-friendly attractions, varied cuisines, and Southern hospitality that make Chattanooga one of the top family destination spots in the country.
During the conference, we guarantee you a behind-the-scenes view through candid panel discussions, tours, and insightful presentations on what it takes to create a successful city and what role a university must play in the process.
Please visit the conference website often for updates on speakers, presentations, and panel discussions as well as special events planned before and during the conference. CUMU’s 18th Annual Conference promises a rich opportunity for leaders from urban and higher education circles to share strategies and successes, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed by your visit to our wonderful city.
I look forward to seeing you in Chattanooga!
Roger G. Brown, Ph.D.