2018 New Presidents Academy

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Monday, July 30, 2018 to Friday, August 3, 2018
San Diego, California

THE Leadership Program for State College and University Presidents
The AASCU New Presidents Academy is tailored to the distinctive needs of presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet with your 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.

About the Conference

The program provides practical advice grounded in leadership research and complemented by the knowledge and experience of 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 Institutional Change 
  • Presidential Leadership: Diversity and Inclusion
  • Working with Boss (es)
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership in Adversity
  • Financial and Facilities Management
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Shaping the Organization/Team Building
  • Interpretive Communication and much more... 

AASCU's New Presidents Academy is the only program that offers new presidents executive coaching and mentoring throughout the first year to support continued learning and success.


The academy is open to first-time AASCU member presidents and chancellors appointed after September 2016.

For more information, contact:
Toyia Younger
Phone: (202) 478-4644

 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

2017 NPA Class Photo

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2017 NPA Class Photo


The New Presidents Academy begins at 4:30 p.m. with the opening general session  on Monday, July 30  and ends at the closing dinner on the evening of Friday, August 3.  Participants are expected to participate in all sessions and attend all group meals.  Detailed schedule will be mailed upon registration.  Faculty will be available for individual consultations following sessions at the end of each day.

Download draft program in PDF format


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

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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.

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Hotel info coming soon

Room Rate

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Dress Code
Business casual

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Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. Follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas.

Hertz Rental Car
Available soon

AASCU Resources

Millie García
Appointed President, AASCU
(Will assume the AASCU presidency on January 22, 2018)

Contact for additional information on academy arrangements:

Jolene Koester
Program Coordinator, New Presidents Academy

Danita Young
Project Director, Meetings Operations
(202) 478-4677

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to Felicia Durham at durhamf@aascu.org or Jennifer Whitson at whitsonj@aascu.org.

Cancellations received prior to 5 p.m. EST, Friday, June 29, 2018 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after June 29 and prior to July 6 are subject to a cancellation fee of $300. Cancellations after July 6  and no-shows are not eligible for refunds. Refunds will be processed and issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion.


NPA is supported by generous funding from AALI