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    The AASCU New Presidents Academy
    is tailored to the distinctive needs of presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities. The Academy provides a unique opportunity to meet with state university peers in a learning environment that is supportive, engaging and tailored to the specific challenges that a first-time president is likely to face.

    The program provides practical advice grounded in leadership research and complemented by the knowledge and experience of the current and former AASCU presidents who serve as Academy faculty.

    Program Format and Content

    The New Presidents Academy is an intensive leadership development experience that begins with an orientation program and dinner on the first evening; includes four full day sessions with group meals; and ends with a closing dinner and transition ceremony on the final evening. Participants are expected to attend all sessions, including group meals. Members of the Academy faculty are engaged with participants throughout the week in both the formal and informal settings. The schedule includes time each afternoon for individual consultations with faculty by appointment.

    Topics include:  

    • Strategic Visioning and Institutional Change 
    • Shaping the Organization/Team Building
    • Presidential Leadership: Diversity and Inclusion 
    • Working with your Boss(es)
    • Fundraising 
    • Leadership in Adversity
    • Financial and Facilities Management
    • Intercollegiate Athletics 
    • Interpretive Communication and much more….

    This is the only presidential leadership program that offers executive coaching and mentoring throughout the first year to support continued learning and success.



    First time Presidents and chancellors at AASCU member institutions within the first two years of service are eligible to enroll.

    For information on how to register for the Academy visit www.aascu.org/meetings/NPA18

    Testimonials: What Presidents are Saying

    The New Presidents’ Institute was very valuable. I enjoyed the opportunity to dialog with colleagues in the field and hear about their challenges and assets.  It really helped me to put my own challenges and assets into perspective.  I appreciated both the breadth and the depth of the information and believe that it has prepared me to move forward with confidence. The resources provided through interactions, presentations, and the binder made this a comprehensive experience.
    Paul E. Pitre – Washington State University

    I was very appreciative of the array of topics that were covered, and the opportunity to learn from the examples, experiences and the advice of more seasoned presidents. The ability to connect with a cohort of new presidents is sure to be invaluable as we tackle the very important work that impacts the lives of our students and makes a difference for our communities. AASCU's commitment to our success was further demonstrated by the energy and work that the faculty put into their sessions with us. I am grateful to have been able to participate in this program at the start of my second year.
    Faith Hensrud – Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College

    The new President Academy provided an exceptional opportunity to analyze the complexities of the presidency and to be best prepared to lead an institution. I am confident that countless ideas and strategies we discussed will be very instrumental for many years.
    Tim Downs – Northern State University


    The registration fee of $3,500 includes academy program costs, materials and most meals during the four-and-a-half day program. Participants are responsible for paying their own travel and hotel costs.


    Brian Hemphill   Jolene Koester     John Anderson
    Brian Hemphill
    Radford University (Va.)
    Jolene Koester
    President Emerita
    California State University, Northridge
    John Anderson
    Millersville University of Pennsylvania
      Virginia Horvath Emile Netzhammer Steve Turner
    Virginia Schaefer Horvath
    State University of New York at Fredonia
    Mel Netzhammer
    Washington State University Vancouver
    Steve Turner
    Northeastern State University


    • Toyia K. Younger
      Vice President, Leadership Development and Member Services
      (202) 478-4644
    • Danita Young
      Project Director, Leadership Development and Meeting Operations 
      (202) 478-4677

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      The New Presidents Academy is supported by generous funding from the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). For more information visit www.americanali.org