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    THE AASCU New Presidents Academy
    is tailored to the distinctive needs of presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities. The Academy provides a unique opportunity to meet with 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.

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

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



    First time Presidents and chancellors at AASCU member institutions within the first two years of service are eligible to enroll.

    For information on how to register for the Academy visit www.aascu.org/meetings/NPA19

    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


    The registration fee of $3,500 (member presidents) and $4,000 (non-members) 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.


    John Anderson Mildred García   Rudolph F. Crew
    John Anderson
    Former President
    Millersville University of Pennsylvania
    Mildred García
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    Rudolph F. Crew
    City University of New York, Medgar Evers College
      Sandra Jordan Jolene Koester Emile Netzhammer
    Sandra J. Jordan
    University of South Carolina Aiken
    Jolene Koester
    President Emerita
    California State University, Northridge
    Mel Netzhammer
    Washington State University Vancouver
      Steve Turner Jeff Armstrong
    Steve Turner
    Northeastern State University
    Featured Speaker 
    Jeffrey D. Armstrong

    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  


    • Toyia K. Younger
      Vice President, Leadership Development and Member Services
      (202) 478-4644
    • Danita Young
      Project Director, Leadership Development and Meeting Operations 
      (202) 478-4677

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      The New Presidents Academy is supported by generous funding from the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). For more information visit www.americanali.org