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14th Annual Leadership on Broadway Experience


July 20th, 2018
12:00 am - 12:00 am

A Great Leadership Experience For Advisors And Students! Free Ticket To A Broadway Show For First 200 Registered Delegates.

The APCA Leadership on Broadway Experience is a wonderful training opportunity for both advisors and students working in campus activities and related student life fields. The training is two full days, with free time in the evening for your delegation to experience what New York City has to offer. The conference facility is the beautiful Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square, and there will be many wonderful opportunities to build student unity, advance your professional horizons, and engage with peers in the industry. This will be an experience of a lifetime.

Click the tabs below for details on the Student Life Advisors Institute & Student Leadership Institute.


Student Life Advisor Institute

Click here for Advisors & Professionals Schedule

Experience a rare professional development opportunity specifically geared towards Student Life professionals! 

Keynotes and Interactive Sessions will cover topics such as Campus Legal Developments, Title IX, Diversity and Inclusion, Poverty Initiatives on Campus, Engagement and Retention, Assessment and more.


Kevin Kruger

President of NASPA

An accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Kevin Kruger joined NASPA as Associate Executive Director in 1994, and became its first executive-level President on March 15, 2012. In his capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners, he draws on more than 30 years of experience in higher education.

Prior to NASPA, Dr. Kruger worked for 15 years at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During his tenure at the University of Maryland he worked in orientation, student activities, leadership development, admissions, and with the vice president for student affairs office. Dr. Kruger has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Student Development in Higher Education program at Trinity College in Washington, DC.

Dr. Kruger represents NASPA in national forums such as the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, which includes the leaders of approximately 50 higher education associations. While at NASPA, he has pursued a number of initiatives designed to enhance the association's role in public policy, research, professional development, and student learning and assessment, with a particular interest in the use of technology in serving diverse student populations.

Dr. Kruger has published and presented nationally on leadership development, using technology in student affairs administration, international education and is a regular lecturer on technology in student affairs, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, assessment and student learning. He is the editor of two Jossey-Bass publications, Technology Innovations in Student Services and Using Technology to Promote Student Learning. He also has chapters in The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration; Understanding the Role of Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration in Creating a Successful Learning Environment; Beyond Borders: How International Developments are Changing Student Affairs Practice; and Involving Commuter Students in Learning.

Russell Lowery-Hart, PhD

Amarillo College


Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart currently serves as President for Amarillo College, a Leader College for Achieving the Dream.  His leadership is focused on improving student success through systemic and cultural change. In his career, he created several institution-wide initiatives targeting a systemic approach to poverty, curricular reform, instructional improvement, and partnership development across campus “silos.”

Dr. Lowery-Hart was selected into the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous executive leadership program led by the Aspen Institute and the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.  Dr. Lowery-Hart served as the chair for the Amarillo “No Limits/No Excuses” Partners for Postsecondary Success Collective Impact – a 21 organization collaborative focused on education certificate and degree completion leading to living wage employment. He served as the chair for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee charged with evaluating and redesigning the state of Texas general education requirements.

Dr. Lowery-Hart previously served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs for Amarillo College. He was named the National Council of Instructional Administrators Academic Leader of the Year for 2014. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio University; M.A. Texas Tech University; and, B.S. from West Texas State University.

While his calling is education reform, his passion is family.  His wife, Tara, sons Christopher and Campbell, daughter, Cadence fill his life with beauty and joy.


Dr. Lance Kennedy-Phillips

Penn State

Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment

Lance Kennedy-Phillips is the Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment.  As vice provost, he is responsible for leading the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA). OPA provides leadership and support for four essential University functions: institutional research, learning outcomes assessment, accreditation, and strategic planning. 

Lance has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration. He has held positions at DePaul University, The University of Florida, The University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Lance served as the founding Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Student Life. He has authored or co-authored 50+ publications on topics ranging from student success to the evolving role of institutional research in higher education. Lance earned his bachelor’s degree at Eastern Illinois University and his masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lance is a native of Chicago, but is happy to call State College home with his wife Tonya and their three children Aidan, Katherine and Lilian.

Student Leadership Institute

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NYC Experience:

With so much to do in New York City, it's almost impossible to do it all in one weekend. Take time after the conference sessions to explore one of the greatest cities in the world! 


Experience Times Square

From tours to broadway shows and spectucular dining options. It's no wonder they call this place, "The City That Never Sleeps." For ideas of what to do around Times Square, click here.

Statue of Liberty

So much history in one place! You may have only seen the Statue of Liberty in movies, but now it's time to see it in person. Click here to learn about this top attraction in NYC.

Team Leadership Blocks:

All student delegates will be members of one of three teams.  Each team will rotate through three dynamic leadership sessions on Friday, and will then come together to debrief those sessions on Saturday.


David Schaub

Personal Leadership Development

David Schaub is an inspirational speaker who helps students take their next steps in college and beyond. Next steps can be anything that brings you into greater freedom and purpose in your life. From growing up fatherless, David was arrested four times before he was twenty. He then built two businesses from the ground up before he was 26, making six figure incomes from both business endeavors. David is grateful and empowered by every challenge thrown at him.

Clint Cora


Clint Cora is a former national level corporate manager who hired and managed staff nation wide. With 20 years of corporate experience in pharmaceutical and high tech industries including past positions as a trainer, product marketing manager, national sales manager as well as a MBA, he is in the best position to help students acquire key communication skills for leadership.

Dave Kelly

Organizational Structure

Dave Kelly is a professional serving leadership expert, experienced campus, state, and international student leader and advisor, motivator, author, and trainer. An expert on running better campus organizations and student governments, Dave’s presentations are high energy, interactive, theatrical, filled with humor, stories, fun, and, most importantly, content rich. He has spoken and trained on more than 300 college and university campuses, and is the National Coordinator of APCA Serves!

Melissa Ruiz

Campus Engagement

Melissa Ruiz, MSW began her career in higher education in Conferences and Events, before transitioning into Residence Life and then Student Life and Academic Advising. She jokingly says there isn’t a job in Student Affairs she hasn’t done yet. Melissa is part of a facilitation team at Swift Kick that has been named the best leadership program an unprecedented 5 years and has already trained over half a million leaders around the US and the world including South Korea, Indonesia, and Bermuda. She also co-authored the award winning book “First Year Student to First Year Success.”


Broadway Show Included in Fees


FROZEN: This is the timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. Both are searching for love. They just don’t know where to find it. Created for the stage by an award-winning team, this stunning new production comes alive on Broadway through exquisite stagecraft and deepens the beloved story with twice as many songs as the original film. Discover that love is a force of nature….at Disney’s new musical, Frozen.

For more information, click here. 

APCA has partnered with Givenik to provide you with an outlet to purchase additional tickets to Broadway shows. Any tickets purchased through Givenik, 5% will be donated to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. To search available tickets, click here.


A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award-winning design team. One of the worlds's most beloved characters. Turn them loose on Broadway and what do you get? The musical The New York Times declares, "BRILLIANT!"     

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: "Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention" (Time Out New York) as Broadway's best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in "a party for the eyes and ears" (Daily Best). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe - until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. The New York Times hails Ethan Slater's performance as our uber-absorbent champion, "a once-in-a-lifetime match of actor and character." Get ready to explore the depth of theatrical innovation in Spongebob Squarepants, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

For more information, click here. 

APCA has partnered with Givenik to provide you with an outlet to purchase additional tickets to Broadway shows. Any tickets purchased through Givenik, 5% will be donated to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. To search available tickets, click here.



APCA Member 

Early Registration (before 6/28/18): 
Delegate: $449
Day Pass: $249
Grad Student: $299

Late Registration: (after 6/28/18):
Delegate: $499 
Day Pass: $299
Grad Student: $349


Early Registration (before 6/28/18): 
Delegate: $499
Day Pass: $299
Grad Student: $299

Late Registration: (after 6/28/18): 
Delegate: $549 
Day Pass: $349
Grad Student: $349

Bringing a large delegation?
For delegations of 6 or more, a discount of $20 off per delegate will be applied.
This excludes day passes and can not be combined with any other offers

Delegate fees are non-refundable, but a $75 credit per cancelled delegate towards your choice of another APCA conference is allowable in event of cancellations (good for one year from ending date of cancelled conference). Also, please note that the free broadway ticket promotion is only valid for member, non-member and grad student delegate fees. Spousal and day passes are not eligible for promotion, but may have the option to purchase a ticket if available.

Venue & Lodging Information - Marriott Marquis - Times Square - 1535 Broadway - New York, NY 10036

- Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-303-0104 - Reservations Local Phone: 1-212-398-1900

Lodging Rates: $279 + tax / night 

You can also make reservations online by using this link.

Hotel Cutoff: June 28, 2018

Be sure to mention that you are attending the APCA conference when making your reservations to receive the special conference rate. Room reservations are the responsibility of the school.
Travel Information - Airport Code: LGA or JFK
*APCA participates in Delta Airlines Meeting Event Discounts. Use this code when making your reservations: NMKTY. Click here for the instructions on how to input your unique code.

Budget Rental Car: Discount Savings Offer Code Z829339 -

Conference Add-Ons


Sardi's Professional Luncheon: $79.00 delegate - Advisors and Students are invited to a professional luncheon at the famous Sardi's Restaurant

Come join us at the APCA annual Sardis Keynote Luncheon:

• An amazing lunch at one of the finest restaurants in NYC
• A keynote on our featured musical “Frozen”, highlighting its relevance and applications to Campus Life
• An auction of Broadway Memorabilia benefiting our national charity, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
• Souvenirs of the luncheon and special APCA swag!
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