2019 PAEA Education Forum

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Nido Qubein

Dr. Nido Qubein

High Point University President

Dr. Nido Qubein’s own life story provides plenty of examples for his theme of managing change to achieve transformation. After growing up in the Middle East, he came to the United States as a teenager with little money or knowledge of English, yet he rose to become a successful businessman, entrepreneur, professional speaker, and leader in higher education. Since 2005, he has served as president of High Point University in North Carolina (which has a PA program), where he has overseen an impressive transformation, including a three-fold increase in faculty and students, raising more than $1 billion for investments in new buildings and facilities. He has received dozens of awards for his philanthropic and community work and been profiled on the Biography Channel. Watch him talk about his presentation in the video below.

From Success to Significance

Change is an eternal concept, and organizations must be able to firmly grasp the reins of change if they are to ride it to a successful future. Changing behavior can be challenging, though, even threatening. High Point University President Nido Qubein will take you on a journey through successful change, using examples from his careers as a business leader, corporate executive, public speaker, and university president. He will help make the idea of change both enlightening and appealing — and may provide the spark to transform yourself.

David Sheff

David Sheff

Author and Advocate on U.S. Drug Crisis, Prevention, and Treatment of Addiction

David Sheff was a successful journalist and writer for many years before a near-tragedy in his own family pushed him to devote his energies to full-time research and writing on addiction. The story of his son Nic’s years of struggle with meth addiction, in treatment facilities and on the streets, became the best-selling book Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, which was recently turned into a film starring Steve Carrell and Timothée Chalamet. He has since written two more books on addiction: High, co-written with Nic, and Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy. In January, he spoke at the United Nations on the role of stigma in the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis.

Beautiful Compassion: How PA Educators Can Help Tackle the Opioid Crisis

For many years, people with addictions were vilified, shamed, and even locked up for their behavior. But this is changing as health care providers, and society at large, start to understand that people with addictions are ill, and deserving of compassion and treatment. David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy, will share the story of his son’s struggles with addiction and eventual recovery, help you understand more deeply the human cost of the opioid crisis, and learn how PA educators can grow their insight and compassion as they continue to make a difference in this national crisis.

Photo by Bart Nagel

President and CEO Address

Jonathan Bowser, MS, PA-C

Jonathan Bowser, MS, PA-C

PAEA President

PAEA President Jon Bowser has been active in PAEA for many years, since his days on the PACKRAT Committee, and has a particular interest in the Education Forum as a former member of the old Conference Curriculum Committee. In his day job he is associate dean and director of the University of Colorado PA program, from which he graduated in 2001 and spent five years in family practice before going into education. Join him in Marriott Ballroom Salon 2 & 3 on Friday morning where he and Interim CEO Sara Fletcher will reveal PAEA’s blueprint for success.

Building Transformation

Do you feel like you know what is going on in the rapidly changing worlds of higher education, medicine, and the PA profession? Come and test your knowledge in a quiz show hosted by PAEA President Jon Bowser and Interim CEO Sara Fletcher. The quiz will lead in to a review of some of the major trends in higher education and medicine — and what PAEA is doing to help programs prepare for this changing world. Come prepared to take part in this interactive, member-focused general session.

Dr. Sara Fletcher, PhD

Dr. Sara Fletcher, PhD

PAEA Interim CEO

PAEA Interim CEO Sara Fletcher took the helm of PAEA when longtime CEO Timi Agar Barwick retired in July, adding new responsibilities to the role of PAEA chief learning officer that she has held for several years. Sara has had a long career in education, having taught at both the primary and university level and served as public school administrator. She came to PAEA from a position as director for medical education at Wake Forest University, where she worked with the PA program as well as the medical school. Join her in Marriott Ballroom Salon 2 & 3 on Friday morning where she and President Jon Bowser will reveal PAEA’s blueprint for success.

Building Transformation

Do you feel like you know what is going on in the rapidly changing worlds of higher education, medicine, and the PA profession? Come and test your knowledge in a quiz show hosted by PAEA President Jon Bowser and Interim CEO Sara Fletcher. The quiz will lead in to a review of some of the major trends in higher education and medicine — and what PAEA is doing to help programs prepare for this changing world. Come prepared to take part in this interactive, member-focused general session.