• New Presidents Academy

    New Presidents Academy

    The Leadership Program for New State College and University Presidents and Chancellors

    NPA is tailored to the distinctive needs of presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with your state university peers in a learning environment tailored to the specific challenges that a first-time president is likely to face.

    Who Should Participate: The 2022 academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member presidents and chancellors appointed after July 2021 (exceptions may be made for presidents who began prior to July 2021 if space permits.)

    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions will be integrated throughout the program
    • Dialogues about AASCU institutions’ commitment to access and student success outcomes will be included throughout
    • We are committed to creating a supportive, engaging, and customized learning environment built on trust, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort
    • Program content is reevaluated each year to ensure we are meeting the needs of current presidents and chancellors

    • Support new presidents with a practical orientation to the presidency. A wide range of topics will be covered related to the current context of higher education including, but not limited to, crisis management, equity-minded leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, and financial management
    • Create a community of support for new presidents to include peers and experienced (current and retired) presidents. The NPA network is an invaluable resource for presidents throughout their careers

    July–December 2022

    The 2022 New Presidents Academy (NPA) will be delivered in a blended format beginning in July 2022. This includes a four-day, in-person gathering (July 27–July 31), followed by monthly virtual learning and networking sessions through December 2022.

    The program will feature:  

    • Four-day, in-person gathering (July 27–31, 2022 at the Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, California)
    • Monthly two-hour, interactive cohort gatherings held over four months (August, September, October, November)
    • Optional small group reflection and discussion sessions regarding each participant’s entry plan
    • Asynchronous learning modules (pre-reads)
    • Formal mentoring with NPA faculty and current and retired AASCU presidents and chancellors
    • Access to AASCU (phone a friend) resource list of AASCU presidents and chancellors

    Registration Fees

    • AASCU Member Presidents/Chancellors - $4,500
    • Non-Member Presidents/Chancellors - $5,500

    The registration fee covers the virtual program, materials, and meals for 4-days, in-person gathering.

    Scholarships are available to accepted applicants from qualifying institutions.

    Register no later than June 30, 2022.

    Cancellation Policy
    Requests for full refunds will be provided for cancellations received by 5 pm ET June 30. Cancellations received after 5 pm June 30 and prior July 14 are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations received after July 14 and no-shows are not eligible for refunds. Refunds will be issued within 30 days of the request.

    Aug. 15, 4-6 p.m. ET
    Fund and Friend-Raising
    Brendan Kelly, President, University of West Georgia

    Aug. 22, 4-5 p.m. ET
    Networking and Reflections

    Sept. 19, 4–6 p.m. ET
    Equity-Centered Leadership
    Mildred García, President and CEO, AASCU
    John Silvanus Wilson Jr., Executive Director, Millennium Leadership Initiative, AASCU

    Sept. 26, 4–5 p.m. ET
    Networking and Reflections
    Keith Eigel, Co-Founder, The Leaders Lyceum

    Oct. 3, 4–6 p.m. ET
    Building Your Cabinet
    Jay Lemons, President, Academic Search

    Oct. 24, 4–5 p.m. ET
    Networking and Reflections

    Soraya Coley, president, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Mildred García, president, AASCU
    Brian Hemphill, president, Old Dominion University (Va.)
    Brendan Kelly, president, University of West Georgia
    Ronald Rochon, president, University of Southern Indiana
    Steve Turner, president, Northeastern State University (Okla.)
    Charles L. Welch, NPA program coordinator and president, Arkansas State University System
    Alisa White, president, Sam Houston State University

    Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
    2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
    Carlsbad, CA 92009

    Reserve Now

    Check-in time is 4:00 pm, and check-out time is 11:00 am.

    Reserve hotel accommodations online by July 5, 2022, to secure the reduced rate for AASCU members. Reservation requests received after July 5 may be available at a higher rate.

    Plaza King room at $279 per night plus a $25 discounted resort fee, 10.00% Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), 2.00% City Tourism Business Improvement District Assessment (CTBID), $1.50 California Tourism Assessment Fee and a $2.00 City Golf Lodging Business Improvement District Assessment (CGLBID) per night.

    2022 NPA Testimonials - What Presidents Are Saying ...

    Milagros Peña "Fantastic, the resources provided, and the presentations really lay the foundation on how we can look to put our best foot forward."
    — Milagros Peña, President, Purchase College, State University of New York
    Ericke Cage"NPA is an absolute must for all new college and university presidents. The depth of knowledge of the faculty and laser focus on mission critical best practices for success are extremely valuable. The intentionality and rich diversity of the NPA faculty and cohort members also speaks volumes about AASCU’s preeminent role in shaping the future of higher education"
    —Ericke Cage, President, West Virginia State University
    John Hoffman"Absolutely amazing. The right experience at the right time. I can see tangible ways that this is going to help me accelerate my transition, listen more deeply, and advance the work among a network of equity-minded colleagues."
    — John Hoffman, President, Bemidji State University (MN) and Northwest Technical College (MN)



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