PIN Evolves 1988-2010


United Kingdom members added. Geoffrey Melling was named UK Secretary.  Geoffrey joined Don Morgan and Abe Konrad as secretaries.  The duties of the secretaries were to assist with conference planning, recruit new members in their designated countries, and act as the communication link to members.


New Zealand members added. With the addition of New Zealand and the prospect of adding Australia, it was decided that the roles of the country secretaries would be consolidated into the position of Executive Director. The duties of the Executive Director include: Financial (manage funds, issues checks, collect dues, prepare financial statements), Membership (maintain membership directory & assist recruitment of new members), Newsletter, Meetings (coordinate agenda, prepare and distribute minutes, assist conference host to plan the annual conference), and Coordinate exchanges and visits.  The Executive Director is a non-paid position. Bill Warner was appointed to the position of Executive Director.


Australian members added.


Netherlands member added.  Dropped membership in 2007

July 10, 1998: PIN dues were raised to $500US from $250US.


Document of Understanding Revised at the Annual Business Meeting at Barnsley College. Mike Schafer chaired a subcommittee (Gary Polonsky, John Skitt, and Joe Preusser) and reported that the following changes were recommended:

  • Opening statement: The Netherlands was added to the member countries.
  • Article I: Purpose:  Add a statement at the end of the section indicating that all meetings and programs will be conducted in English.
  • Article II: Membership #1: A statement will be added to indicate that membership is limited to 90 institutions, with no designation of a maximum number per country.


Global Leadership Conference for Students was sponsored by PIN and hosted at Colorado Mountain College, in Glenwood Springs Colorado. This was an international conference for students interested in leadership development, intercultural relations, teamwork development and conflict transformation skills.  The curriculum and activities throughout the Conference focused on the themes of leadership development, team building, service learning and personal relationship building, combined with experiential outdoor activities.  The fundamentals of leadership theory and skills were presented and studied to reach course objectives.  The wilderness/experiential activities included: river rafting, rock climbing, and challenge course session, field visits to local, world-class resorts (Aspen or Vail).  Colorado Mountain College had a change in leadership in 2003 and dropped their PIN membership.  PIN members from Canberra Institute of Technology and Box Hill Institute conducted a review of the program to determine if it should be continued in Australia.  It was recommended that the program be dropped and reviewed at a later date. The reason for dropping the program was the difficulty in attracting student participants and the cost of the program.


PIN goes online with a website:   Mohawk Valley Community College develops and hosts the PIN website.


East Timor member added. Dili Institute of Technology was a member for two years.

Due to political unrest and funding issues Dili IT dropped their membership in 2006.


Fiji member added. New Zealand Pacific Training Centre.


Bahrain member added.  Bahrain Polytechnic Central Community College agrees to host the PIN website.


South Korea member added. Hyechon University

PIN Launches the Leadership Assessment Tool — Box Hill Institute led the development of the Leadership Tool in cooperation with a number of PIN members.  This is a flexible online tool which can be used in vocational education settings for recruitment and development purposes.  The PIN tool can be used to identify and assess role-specific CEO leadership capabilities

  • For recruitment purposes
  • For leadership skill development purposes

The tool is based on a leadership capability model describing the range of leadership behaviors which may be required by CEOs of higher education institutions. These leadership behaviors can be rearranged to form customized role capability sets which can be used for assessment of individuals in a recruitment or development context, generating either individual or comparative reports.

This history of PIN was compiled by Bill Warner from the notes and writings of Don Morgan, Abe Konrad, PIN files, and discussions with PIN members.


A strategic alliance with the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is formed.


PIN Executive holds a strategic retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona – the current Vision, Mission and Goals are established.