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.
- Strategic Visioning Institutional Change
- Presidential Leadership In Adversity
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Working with External Constituencies & Advocacy for Public Higher Education
- Fund and Friend raising
- Financial Management and Resources Allocations
- 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 2017.
For more information, contact:
Phone: (202) 478-4644
Testimonials - What Presidents are Saying...
Excellent experience! The readings, presentations, and informal interactions were informative and inspiring. I appreciate the frankness of the faculty and their willingness to share their experiences- the good, the bad, the ugly. I will recommend this experience to my colleagues who may become presidents.
Gloria Gibson – Northeastern Illinois University
This academy should be required of all new presidents.
Kevin Satterlee – Idaho State University
The New Presidents Academy provided a foundational overview of the critical elements that can impact the success of our institutions and our students. We learned not only from our Academy faculty- seasoned presidents leading public universities across the country- but from our colleague presidents as they shared unique perspectives, asked thoughtful questions, and contributed to the timely dialogue about today’s challenges in higher education.
Karen M. Scolforo – Castleton University
2018 NPA Class Photo
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The New Presidents Academy begins at 4:30 p.m. with the opening general session on Monday, July 29 and ends at the closing dinner on the evening of Friday, August 2. Participants are expected to participate in all sessions and attend all group meals. Faculty will be available for individual consultations following sessions at the end of each day.
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Participants in the Academy are required to submit an entry plan.
Jolene Koester, Coordinator, New Presidents Academy, and President Emerita, California State University, Northridge
John Anderson, Former President, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Mildred García, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Brian Hemphill, President, Radford University, (Va.)
Sandra J. Jordan, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Aiken
Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor, Washington State University Vancouver
Steve Turner, President, Northeastern State University