Registration for the 2020 Conference is now closed.


Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at Margaritaville Lake Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A) in Osage Beach, Missouri.


Registration is $75 per person and includes educational sessions and speakers, networking opportunities, and a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. The conference will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm.


Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm.


Use this link to secure a special hotel conference rate of $99.00 per night:


Keynote Speaker: Leanne Davis, Assistant Director of Applied Research, Institute for Higher Education Policy


Lunch Speakers: Dr. Mara Woody, Assistant Commissioner for Postsecondary Policy, Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development


Breakout sessions


A complete agenda will be published prior to the conference.



A special pre-conference session is available at no charge on Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. for early career professionals or those new to their roles.


Topics covered will include the COTA committee structure and purpose, the structure and role of the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, an overview of current state initiatives, and the MDHEWD website and resources. This event will take place in the Paradise C room at Margaritaville.


1:00 p.m. Check-in opens

2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

  • COTA Overview
  • MDHEWD Overview
  • MDHEWD Website and Resources
  • State Initiatives
  • Networking



Registration for this event can be found on the conference registration site at



For more information contact Alicia Erickson at