Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia

2020 Region 3 Conference

The 2020 NACADA Region 3 Conference has been cancelled. 

Because of increased travel restrictions and the March 11 declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organization and the recommendations for the Center for Disease Control to limit meetings, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Region 3 Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. 

We encourage you to contact the hotel immediately to cancel your hotel reservation. To cancel, please call the Hilton Lexington Downtown 877-539-1648. You will also want to contact your airline carrier if you booked air travel. 

For more information about the cancellations and refunds, please visit here.

We understand that you will have questions. Please direct them to nacada@ksu.edu or call 785-532-5717. Our volunteer conference chairs and region chairs will direct you to the Executive Office. 

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For conference schedule, hotel information, travel tips, and more, click the links to the right!


R3 Spotlight

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
Academic Advising and Student Retention: A Winning Combination 

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Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a University Distinguished Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the master’s degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education as well as graduate certificate programs in International Student Services and Career Services.

Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also Head of the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin (Secondary Education – Biological Science), the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Educational Psychology), Western Kentucky University (Counselor Education – Student Personnel Services), and Northern Illinois University (Educational Administration with an Emphasis in Higher Education).

He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including student learning and development, recruitment and retention, leadership, standardized testing, diversity and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training programs and conducts webinars for multiple organizations on a variety of topics centered on evidence-based best practices. The increasingly important and still-evolving role of academic advising as an integral component of effective student retention initiatives is one of his specialties.

2020 exhibitors and sponsors


BYU Independent Study


Civitas Learning


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West Virginia Drive-In  |  Friday, March 6

Charles Pointe Conference Center  |  Bridgeport, WV  |  TBD

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Registration fee | $25

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Keynote Speaker Dr. Corley Dennison

Corley F. Dennison III has served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education since 2014.  He has led the statewide effort to reform remedial education primarily through implementation of co-requisite delivery of college-level English and math.  Results have been promising as state pass rates for math have increased 39% since 2014 while college level pass rates in the same period for English have increased 16.4%. He has delivered numerous presentations on co-requisite course delivery, student success and curricular reform at conferences and events across the country.

He also serves as vice-chair for the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority, the oversight body for West Virginia Public broadcasting and serves as the West Virginia representative to the Midwest Council for the College Board, the recommending organization for the SAT College Admissions test and for AP tests.


Born in Sutton, WV, Dennison earned his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, his master’s in English from Northwest Missouri State University and his doctorate in Education from West Virginia University.  Dennison worked in both commercial and public broadcasting, then served multiple roles during his 29-year stint at Marshall University including professor, Faculty Senate President, assistant dean in two colleges, Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

9:30-10 am | Registration/light continental breakfast
10-10:05 am | Welcome/Keynote Introduction
10:05-10:45 am | Keynote
10:45-11 am | Keynote Q&A
11:10 am-noon | Breakout Session 1
noon-12:45 pm | Lunch
12:45-1:30 pm | Breakout Session 2
1:40-2:25 pm | Student Panel
2:25-3 pm | Closing Ceremony

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
20 Sweetbrier Lane, Bridgeport, WV 26330
NACADA Room Block Rate (until February 20, 2020) | $96
Reservation Link
*Breakfast included, microwave and fridge in room

Microtel Inn & Suites
201 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport, WV 26330
NACADA Room Block | $70
Reservation Number | (304) 808-2000
*Breakfast included, microwave and fridge in room



Growing the
Winner’s Circle

April 20-22, 2020
Lexington, KY

Call for Proposals - closed

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Conference Co-Chairs
Suanne Early
University of Kentucky
(859) 218-0282

Casey Shadix
University of Kentucky
(859) 218-0573

See the entire committee!