2021 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

When: December 2–3, 2021; all day programming Dec. 2 with a half day Dec. 3
Where: AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

After transitioning to a virtual event in 2020, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board looks forward to hosting its annual Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference in person Dec. 2-3. The 2021 Leadership Conference will include full in-person programming, with appropriate COVID-19 protocols.

Registration & Hotel Reservations

Registration for this conference is not currently available.
Cost: $350 per attendee
Registration fees may take 2-3 business days to process.

To reserve a room at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center with a special nightly rate of $140 for single or double occupancy, call 877-744-8822. Reference the THECB Leadership Conference to obtain the discounted rate. 


Engage with higher education leaders and business and industry stakeholders across an array of important topics at this year’s Leadership Conference. For new regents and trustees, the conference also provides statutorily-required training on important topics including ethics, governance, budgeting, and financial management.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Opening Remarks
Panel: An Update on the Refresh of 60x30TX, Texas’ Strategic Plan for Higher Education
Lunch Keynote: Lisa Gevelber, Grow with Google
Panel: Community College Budgeting and Financial Management
Panel: University & HRI Budgeting and Financial Management
Panel: How COVID-19 Impacted Texas Higher Education 
Panel: Higher Education Governance and Oversight
Panel: Priorities for Higher Education Philanthropy
Panel: Effective and Ethical Governance
Panel: Higher Education’s Role in Addressing Workforce Needs and Driving the Economy
Welcome Reception & STAR Award Poster Presentations
Dinner Keynote: Ruth Watkins, Strada Impact

Friday, Dec. 3

Panel: The Texas Legislature and Higher Education
Panel: Federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Initiatives: Progress, Impact, and Opportunities
Remarks from Governor Greg Abbott
Closing Keynote: The State of Texas Higher Education Address by Commissioner Keller

We look forward to hosting you in Austin for the 2021 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference!