2022 Summer Council of Presidents

SCP 2022 Registration Open

Saturday, July 9, 2022 to Monday, July 11, 2022
Hilton Portland Downtown | Portland, Oregon

Join us for the annual Summer Council of Presidents—open to presidents/chancellors, spouses/partners, and former presidents and chancellors. Cabinet members and those unable to join us can access recordings of general sessions on demand.

About the Conference

Summer Council has long been an AASCU tradition where campus leaders come together to reflect, connect, strengthen the community, share successes and challenges, and focus on personal and professional development.

As we gather this year, we will acknowledge the extreme fatigue and challenges of 2020 and 2021 and reflect on the lessons learned. We will focus on the new chapters of navigating the pandemic, racial injustice, divisiveness, and constant uncertainty and explore the leadership demands of this tumultuous time.

Learning, networking, and reflecting have been designed to occur on multiple levels, including:

  • Inspiring general sessions focused on social justice and equity, skill-building, courageous leadership, and updates from the Hill
  • Engaging case studies for participants to reflect, network, share best practices, and connect with thought leaders
  • Robust roundtables focused on leadership and reflecting on the presidency and the past year
  • Informative conversations focused on the various aspects of personal health and wellness
  • Several opportunities to connect with colleagues and explore the beauty of Portland and the surrounding area

General sessions will be recorded and available on demand for registered participants after the event.


Program and Sponsorship:
Kathleen Scott, Vice President, Leadership Development and Partnerships

Hotel and Logistics:
Danita Young, Assistant Vice President, Meetings and Conferences

Felicia Durham, Registrar

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Saturday, July 9

8–11:45 a.m.

AASCU Board of Directors Meeting
Explore Portland

12–2 p.m.

Women Presidents and Chancellors Program

12:30–2 p.m.

Spouse/Partner Program - Open Dialogue Roundtable Discussion

2:30–4 p.m.

Council of State Representatives

2:45–4:15 p.m.

Spouse/Partner Networking Session

3:15–4:15 p.m.

Committee Meetings
(International Education, Rural Presidents)

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Plenary Session:
After Disruption, How Portland Is Moving Forward

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: A Taste of Portland 

Sunday, July 10

8–9 a.m.

New Members and New Presidents Breakfast

9:15–10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session:
What’s Keeping Us Up at Night

9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Spouse/Partner Program: Roundtables

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Roundtable Discussions

  • A Bumpy Return: Navigating a Path to the Post-Pandemic University
  • Recommitting to Stewardship of Place: Twenty Years Later
  • State of the Sector: The Fight to Be Chosen  facilitated by EAB

12–1:30 p.m.

Affinity Group Lunch Meetings

1:45–3 p.m.

General Session:
Building a Multicultural Coalition of the Willing, a Path for a New America
Wajahat Ali, Writer, Producer, and Playwright

3–6 p.m.

Unwind Time — join a small group to discover and experience Portland and the surrounding area optional activities and group tours


Dinner on your own

Monday, July 11

8–9:30 a.m.

Committee Breakfast Meetings (Advisory Committee on Membership; Committee on Student Success, and Stewards of Place Task Force)

8–9:30 a.m.

Spouse/Partner Program

10–11 a.m.

Plenary Session: Legislative Update

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion

  • How Campus Leaders Engage Policymakers – Telling Your Institution’s Story in the Capitol 

12:30–2 p.m.

Committee Lunch Meetings (Committee on Sustainable Development, Committee on Professional Development)

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Wellness Circles

3:30– 5 p.m.

Closing Plenary Session:
Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Soccer Field

Haley Carter, Public Speaker, Business Executive, and Attorney in Houston, Texas

5:15–7 p.m.

Closing Reception

Tuesday, July 12

8 a.m.–1 p.m.

AASCU Board of Directors Retreat

2–5 p.m.

AALI Standing Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 13

8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Academic Search Board Meeting

TIAA wealth management consultants will be available for private consultations Saturday, July 9–Monday, July 11. If you are interested in meeting with an advisor, you may sign up onsite Saturday, July 9–Monday, July 11, between the hours of 12–5 p.m. at the TIAA Private Consultations table near the AASCU Registration Desk.

On-Site Appointments Are Available:

  • Saturday, July 9, 2022, 12–4 p.m. (The last appointment begins at 3 p.m.)
  • Sunday, July 10, 2022, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (The last appointment begins at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, July 11, 2022, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (The last appointment begins at 3:30 p.m.)

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Early Bird
April 4–May 31

After May 31

Member President/Chancellor $950 $1,050
Retired President/Chancellor $550 $650
AASCU Consultants $550 $650
Member Spouse/Partner (current or retired) $500 $600 
Non-Member President/Chancellor $1,500 $1,600
On-Demand* (AASCU Member) $200 $200
On-Demand* (Non-Member) $400 $400
Sponsor $500 $650

*Cabinet members from AASCU institutions can register for on demand access at the fee of $200 per participant. The on-demand option allows attendees to access AASCU’s Summer Council of Presidents general session recordings following the meeting. Recordings will be posted 7–10 days following the meeting.

Registration for in-person participants includes:

  • All general sessions and concurrent sessions
  • Meal functions (reception on Saturday evening; breakfast and lunch on Sunday; breakfast and lunch and evening reception on Monday)
  • Access to recordings of designated sessions

Registration separate from meeting.

More Info & Registration

Optional Activities

  • City tour (visit Portland’s world-famous Rose Garden and Japanese Garden)
  • Wine tour
  • Columbia River Gorge/Multnomah Falls

Cabinet members can register for access to on-demand recordings. Recordings will be available following the meeting.

All changes and cancellations must be in writing. Refunds will only be available for in-person registrations.

All refunds will be issued within 21 days of the receipt of the refund request. When writing to cancel or submit a refund request, please email Felicia Durham an include in the subject line “SCP22 Cancelation” and indicate to whom and where the refund should be issued.

A written cancellation must be received at AASCU by 5 p.m. (ET), Friday, June 10, 2022, to receive a full refund of the in-person registration fee.

Cancellations received later than 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday, June 10, 2022, through Friday, June 24, 2022, by 5 p.m. (ET) will incur a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations received after 5 p.m. (ET) on June 24, 2022, and no-shows are not eligible for refunds.

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Hilton Portland DowntownHilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-226-1611
What to Expect During Your Stay

The hotel is located in downtown Portland, one block from Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and two blocks from Pioneer Courthouse Square. Pioneer Place MAX Station is a short walk away for light rail links and the hotel is surrounded by popular Portland restaurants. Enjoy locally sourced produce in the hotel restaurant and Portland Coffee Roasters drinks at the hotel café. Pets are welcome.

Valet parking with in/out privileges is available at $55 per night. The hotel is unable to accept oversized vehicles.

Reserve online

or reserve a room by calling the hotel directly at 503-226-1611.

Reservations should be confirmed prior to the June 3 cutoff. Reservation requests after Friday, June 3, 2022, will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Sleeping Room Options at meeting room rate of $209

  • King Bed
  • 2 Double Beds

All rooms are subject to an occupancy tax of 13%, plus 3% Tourism Improvement District assessment.

Cancellation Policy

Should you need to cancel your reservation, notice must be given to the hotel at least 72 hours in advance of your actual arrival date and a valid cancellation number must be issued. Cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will result in a cancellation charge of one-night stay or forfeit of the deposit and tax as a cancellation penalty.

Group rates will be honored three days before group arrival and three days after group departure based on availability. So, we encourage you to book early.


Guest accommodations will be available at 4 p.m. on arrival day and reserved until 11 a.m. on departure day. Note: all requests for early check-in are REQUESTS and may or may not be accommodated.

Any attendee wishing special consideration for late check-out should inquire at the front desk on the day of departure or at time of reservation.


Help Keep Meeting Costs Down
When booking in the AASCU block, you provide us with a history that is a valuable tool when it comes to negotiating rates with new hotels for future events. Stay where the other attedees stay and don’t miss out on the valuable networking opportunities in the hotel lobby, restaurant, and bar.

When booking at another hotel or through a third party, we have no way to assist should you encounter a problem.

All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend an AASCU meeting. Upload proof of vaccine status via the Spartan Medical Vaccine Verification and Tracking App. Visit the Spartan Medical webpage for additional information and resources.

Masks are no longer required but are recommended and participants are welcome to wear masks according to their level of comfort.

All meetings and conferences sponsored by AASCU are inclusive and accessible to all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. Please request accessibility services when you register and contact Jennifer Rothschild if you need auxiliary aids or services.

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