2013 New Presidents Academy

2013 NPA

Monday, July 29, 2013 to Friday, August 2, 2013
La Jolla, 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. You will not want to 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. Topics include strategic visioning, shaping the organization, managing enrollment for student success, financial management, interpretive communication and much more.

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


Presidents and chancellors at AASCU member institutions who are serving in this capacity for the first time and who assumed their presidencies within the past two years (since spring 2011).

For more information, contact:
Dorcas Colvin
Vice President, Leadership Development and Member Services
Phone: (202) 478-4644
Fax: (202) 296-5819

Schedule top

Academy Schedule



6 p.m.
Welcome Reception and Dinner
Orientation to the Academy


7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Breakfast and Lunch as a Group
Program Sessions

Group Dinner


7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakfast and Lunch as a Group
Program Sessions

Group Dinner


7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Breakfast and Lunch as a Group
Program Sessions

Dinner on Your Own


7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Breakfast and Lunch as a Group
Program Sessions

Reception, Dinner and Graduation Program


Faculty will be available for individual consultations after sessions at the end of each day.


Fees top

The registration fee of $2,950 includes academy program costs, materials and meals during the four and a half day program. Participants are responsible for paying their own travel and hotel costs.

Registration Information top

Please select among the two options below:

The 2013 New Presidents Academy class is limited to twenty (20) participants; register early to secure your place.
Registration ends June 21, 2013. After June 21, contact Dorcas Colvin at colvind@aascu.org to inquire about space availability.

Accepted forms of payment for registration

Register online and pay with credit card.

Make check payable to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and mail to:

American Association of State Colleges and Universities
1307 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
c/o New Presidents Academy

Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Accommodations top

Estancia La Jolla Hotel
9700 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (877) 437-8262

Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon.

Room Rate

When calling Estancia, mention that you are with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU’s New Presidents Academy) to be assured of the $199 group rate plus the $12 service fee per night plus applicable taxes. To obtain this rate, please book your room by Monday, July 1, 2013. Room reservations after July 1 will be on a space-available basis and may be at a higher rate. 

Attendees may also reserve accommodations online by clicking here.

Hotel Reservation Deadline

Reservations must be canceled 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival to avoid a penalty of one night’s room charge and tax. (Before canceling, please call Dorcas Colvin at AASCU, (202) 478-4644, so another guest can be accommodated if there is a waiting list.)

Conference Mobile App
The academy program is going mobile. If you have a smartphone or iPad, you will be able to download the conference mobile app and easily see the entire program, a list of participants, speakers, documents and presentations, and much more! The mobile app will reflect any changes that might occur before or during the meeting. Participants will receive a link to download the mobile app prior to the start of the meeting.

Dress Code
Business casual

Guests fly into the San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field (SAN) (16 miles or 25-30 minutes to Estancia).

Cloud 9 Shuttle van service is available at the Transportation Plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2, and curbside at the Commuter Terminal.

From Terminal 1, cross the sky bridge and take the escalators or the elevators to street level. From Terminal 2, use the pedestrian crosswalk located outside the Terminal 2 Baggage Claim Area to access the Transportation Plaza. A transportation coordinator will place you with the first available shuttle, unless you specify a particular shuttle company.
For passengers with disabilities, each shuttle for hire company is required by the airport to have within their fleet ADA compatible vehicles. Subcontracting for this type of service is permissible. Please contact the customer service representative for more information.

Visit Cloud 9 Shuttle / Super Shuttle to reserve your transportation or call (800) 9-SHUTTLE (1-800-974-8885).

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

Car Rental
For rental car reservations, call the Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at (800) 654-2240 or visit the site at www.hertz.com and provide Hertz code CV#011B0076. See rate sheet (pdf).


Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to Deborah Skelton at skeltond@aascu.org or fax (202.296.5819).

Cancellations received prior to 5 p.m. EST, Friday, June 28, 2013 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after June 28 and prior to July 8 are subject to a cancellation fee of $300. Cancellations after July 8 and no-shows are not eligible for refunds. Refunds will be processed and issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion.


  • Deborah SkeltonAssistant to the Vice President for Membership Serviceskeltond@aascu.org(202) 478-4646