2017 AASCU Annual Meeting

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017
San Diego, California

Institutional Leaders, Mission Champions: Advocating for Our Vision and Values

We live in disruptive times. Essential to individual success in today's society requires our students to possess foundational skills, creative competencies, adaptability, and civic awareness. America’s state colleges and universities play a crucial role in educating those who will serve their communities and our country and influence America’s place in a global society. 

As university programs evolve to fulfill the needs of an increasingly diverse America, it is imperative that we communicate and demonstrate what a critical role we play in the economic, social, and cultural fabric of society. Questions arise every day as to the value of the institutions we serve—in essence: Is college worth the investment? 

The answer is yes, of course. But it is our responsibility, as leaders and champions of state colleges and universities, to persuade our stakeholders about the enduring value of our mission. It is also vital that we create a compelling argument in support of a sustainable future for our institutions.

About the Conference

Annual Meeting will address questions that include: In what areas can we increase our reach? How do we deepen our positive impact? What strategies and structures will assist us in making the case?

Schedule top

Saturday, October 21

6:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m. 
2016 Board of Directors Dinner

Sunday, October 22

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Executive Committee of the 2017 AASCU Board of Directors (working breakfast)

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Board of Directors Meeting and Annual Meeting of the National Association of Systems Heads 

8:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
2017 AASCU Board of Directors Meeting (7:30 a.m. breakfast precedes 8:15 a.m. meeting)

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
New Presidents Academy Class of 2017 Reunion  

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch for New Member Presidents and Chancellors and Spouses/Partners with Board of Directors and Committee on Professional Development

12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.  
Committee on Sustainability (working lunch)

12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Executive Steering Committee (working lunch)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Business Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Annual Meeting Seminar 

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Council of State Representatives

4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening General Session and AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards Presentation and Video

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored Receptions  

7:30 p.m. 
Dinner on an Individual Basis

7:30 p.m. 
Former Presidents, Chancellor, Spouses and Guests Dinner 

7:30 p.m. 
Dutch Treat Dinner for Presidents and Chancellors Traveling Solo

Monday, October 23

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 
Breakfast for Presidents/Chancellor and Spouses/Partners 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 
Affinity Group Breakfast Meetings
  • African-American Presidents and Chancellors
  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Presidents
  • Hispanic and Latino Presidents and Chancellors
  • LGBTQ Presidents, Chancellors and Spouse/Partners

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
General Session 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
General Session

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
American Academic Leadership Institute Luncheon  
Supported by the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) in collaboration with Academic Search, Inc.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Committee Meetings  

  • Economic and Workforce Development
  • International Education
  • Policies and Purposes
  • Professional Development
  • Teacher Education
  • Student Success    

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
General Session

5:30 – 6:45 p.m.  
Sponsored Receptions

7:00 p.m.
Dinner on an individual basis

Tuesday, October 24

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 
Breakfast Meetings

  • Breakfast for Presidents/Chancellor and Spouses/Partners
  • Women Presidents and Chancellors Breakfast
  • AASCU System Heads Breakfast  
  • International Association of University Presidents Breakfast  

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  
Registry Breakfast Meeting (by invitation)

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Council of Presidents/Membership Business Session/Election of Officers 
(7:30 a.m. breakfast precedes 8:15 a.m. meeting)

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
General Session 

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 

Noon – 2:00 p.m.
President-to-Presidents Lecture Luncheon Program
Distinguished Alumnus Award Presentation

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
General Session 

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Closing General Session

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
Muriel A. Howard Farewell Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, October 25

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
2018 AASCU Board of Directors Organizational Meeting

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development Board Meeting

10:15 a.m. – Noon
Leadership Development Coordinating Council

Fees top




AASCU Member $900 $975
Non-Member $1,150 $1,300
Team Member $400 $500
Former Presidents $275  
Guests $275  
Spouse/Partner $275  


Registration Information top

Register and pay online

Reminder: Spouses and Partners attending the meeting must also register. Register one individual at a time. 
Contact Felicia Durham at durhamf@aascu.org or call her at (202) 478-4673 if you have any questions.

Accommodations top

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Click here for hotel's map and directions.


San Diego International Airport, formerly known as Lindbergh Field, is an international airport 3 mi northwest of Downtown San Diego, California, United States. It is owned and operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Click here for more info on shuttle and ground transportation options.  

Parking at hotel

Hyatt Regency La Jolla offers both self and valet indoor parking with 6’10 clearance. 

Valet parking - $40 per day* (includes in/out privileges)
Self-parking – Discounted parking rate at $10/night 
Self-parking - $30.  per day*

* Prices are subject to change 

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a cancellation fee if received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, September 25, 2017.

Cancellations received prior to this will receive a full refund. Refunds will be issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion. Payments made online will be refunded back to the credit card; all other refunds will be issued via check.

Cancellation Fee – Member President/Chancellor: $150
Cancellation Fee – Member Spouse/Partner: $50

Please note, due to pre-program preparations, cancellations received after 5 p.m. EST on September 25, 2017, including no-shows, * are not eligible for refunds (including optional events.)

Failure to reconcile Annual Meeting final invoices precludes members from registering for future meetings.

*No-show is a registrant who does not attend the meeting and has not canceled in writing. No-shows are responsible for all registered meeting charges.



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