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UTSA Symposium Explores Successful High Stakes Working Relationships

February, 2012

Why is it that some high profile relationships are successful while other leaders can’t seem to work together effectively to achieve their goals?

Members of the community are invited to find out at “Superintendent – Interpersonal Relations,” a free symposium sponsored by the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.

UTSA’s 2012 Superintendent’s Symposium is scheduled from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 in the Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St., San Antonio, Texas 78205. (See full agenda below.)

Few relationships are more challenging than the interpersonal relationships between a school superintendent and his or her school board trustees. Together, these partners must manage extraordinarily high stake issues such as, but not limited to, public resources and the safety and education of children. The upcoming symposium, also applicable to leaders in the business community who managing high stakes relationships, will explore the factors that lead to effective interpersonal relationships between board members and school superintendents.

A panel of experts from the education and business communities will share their experiences and best practices. Featured speakers include Ed Whitacre, former chairman and CEO of AT&T and General Motors; John Graham, chairman of the board, Fleishman-Hillard International Communications; and Cathy Mincberg, president and CEO for The Center for the Reform of School Systems and former HISD school board trustee.

Six Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to symposium attendees. Although there is no charge to attend the event, advance reservations are required. For more information, visit


Conference Agenda:


3-3:10 p.m.:               Welcome, History of Symposium, Julian Trevino

3:10-3:15 p.m.:          Greetings Ricardo Romo

3:15 -3:55 p.m.:         When Relationships Go Bad: Stories from the Field, Cathy Mincberg

3:55-4:10 p.m.:          Break

4:10-5 p.m.:               Crisis Management & the Media, John Graham

5:00-5:15 p.m.:          Break

5:15-6:15 p.m.:          What Works for Us!, Bobby Blount, Facilitator

6:15-6:50 p.m.:          Reception

7:15-8:40 p.m.:          Dinner & Distinguished Lecturer, Ed Whitacre

8:40-8:55 p.m.:          Recognitions & Closing Remarks, Julian Trevino



The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of the largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.        

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in more than 135 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn more at


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