Nov. 4-7, 2023
Chicago, IL
Conference

AASCU 2023 Annual Conference

Engage with colleagues and subject matter experts for community, resources, and hope in the face of the challenges facing higher education.

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2023 Annual Conference - November 4-7 - Chicago, IL

Leading for Democracy: Reimagine, Reframe, Rebuild.

AASCU presidents and chancellors face a long list of challenges including declining enrollments, shifting demographics, budget cuts, faculty/staff morale, growing polarization in our campuses and communities, and deep skepticism about the value of a degree. With the headwinds facing higher education, it is clear we need courageous, responsible, accountable executive leadership. And it is clear that the only way through these trying times is to work together. AASCU’s Annual Conference presents a unique opportunity for presidents and chancellors to come together for community, for resources, and for hope.

Presidents Marion A. Terenzio, Berenecea Johnson Eanes, and Kristin G. Esterberg present at the 2022 Annual Conference.
Presidents Marion A. Terenzio, Berenecea Johnson Eanes, and Kristin G. Esterberg present at the 2022 Annual Conference.

Who should participate?

  • Presidents & Chancellors 
  • Presidential Spouse/Partners 

How will you benefit?

  • Small- and large group community building and networking via affinity group meetings, roundtable discussions, open committee meetings, and receptions and meals
  • Discussion-based, solutions-oriented workshops and concurrent sessions for participants to learn and share promising practices and gain national perspective from thought leaders
  • Informative and inspiring plenary sessions meant to empower and equip future-focused leaders for democracy
  • Rich and relevant programming for spouses and partners
  • Ample networking and connecting opportunities in the heart of the Windy City
Program Highlights

Our conference is designed to support learning, networking, and reflecting. 

  • Inspiring plenary sessions focused on the unique value proposition of regional public institutions and how we tell the story of our collective impact, as well as trends impacting higher education, social justice and equity, updates from the Hill, and more 
  • Engaging workshops for participants to reflect, network, share promising practices and connect with thought leaders 
  • Networking and connecting opportunities during meals, receptions, committee meetings, and affinity group gatherings 
Lamont Repollet visits the Solutions Lab at the 2022 Annual Conference.
President Lamont Repollet visits the Solutions Hub at the 2022 Annual Conference.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

This schedule is provided for informational purposes and is subject to change.

 

Saturday, November 4
3–5 p.m. Preconference Workshop: Becoming an Institution of Choice
Facilitated by EAB

  • Colin Koproske, Managing Director, EAB
3–5:15 p.m. Preconference Workshop:
Stewardship of Place: A U.S./Mexican Higher Education Partnership for Democracy and Global Citizenry

  • Mildred García, Chancellor, California State University
  • Arturo Cherbowski Lask, Executive Director, Santander Universidades
  • Reyna Torres Mendivil, Consul General, Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago
  • Charles L. Welch, President, Arkansas State University System
  • Luis Armando González Placencia, Executive Secretary General, National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions, ANUIES

Binational Dialogue on Regional and Workforce Development & Stewardship of Place

  • Kristin G. Esterberg, Chancellor, University of Washington Bothell
  • Fernando Léon-García, President, CETYS University, and President, International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)
Sunday, November 5
7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. AASCU Board of Directors Meeting

  • Heidi Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
10 a.m.-2 p.m. New Presidents Academy

  • Charles L. Welch, President, Arkansas State University System
12-4:30 p.m. TIAA Private Consultations
2-4 p.m. Council of State Representatives

  • Ronald S. Rochon, President, University of Southern Indiana
Women Presidents and Chancellors Program

  • Denise A. Battles, President, State University of New York at Geneseo
  • Kristin G. Esterberg, Chancellor, University of Washington Bothell
  • Jann L. Joseph, President, Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Heidi R. Macpherson, President, State University of New York at Brockport
  • Zulma R. Toro, President, Central Connecticut State University
Spouse/Partner Welcome and Networking:
Embracing Wellbeing and Community

  • Rachel Frick Cardelle, Presidential Spouse, State University New York Oneonta
  • Leon Roberts, Presidential Spouse, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Marilyn Braithwaite-Hall, Presidential Spouse, University of the Virgin Islands
4:30-6 p.m. Welcome and Plenary
Standing Together: Industry, Philanthropy and Higher Education at the Intersection of Cultural Wars and the Threats to Democracy
Introductions:

  • Heidi Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Mildred García, Chancellor, California State University

Speakers:

  • Daniella Ballou-Aares, CEO and Co-Founder, Leadership Now Project
  • Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
  • Andrea Sáenz, President and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Zaldwaynaka Scott, President, Chicago State University (IL)
Resource Spotlight: AASCU’s American Democracy Project

  • Mark Canada, Chancellor, Indiana University Kokomo
6:15-7:30 p.m. Opening Reception
Support provided by TIAA
Monday, November 6
7:30-8:30 a.m. Focus Group
Facilitated by Gray Associates

  • Robert Gray Atkins, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gray Associates
LGBTQ Affinity Group

  • Joseph Bertolino, President, Stockton University (NJ)
8-8:30 a.m. Exemplary Practice Session:
Building a Future-Ready Institution: Harnessing AI and Micro-credentials

Facilitated by Coursera

  • Jim Henderson, President, University of Louisiana System
  • Elizabeth R. Hornsby, Assistant Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University, University of Louisiana System
  • Nathan Lippe, University Strategy, Coursera
8:30-9:30 a.m. Committee on Professional Development

  • Andy Feinstein, President, University of Northern Colorado
  • Zulma R. Toro, President, Central Connecticut State University
Postsecondary Value Commission Task Force

  • Mildred García, Chancellor, California State University
  • Charles L. Welch, President, Arkansas State University System
Advisory Committee on Membership

  • Richard Helldobler, President, William Paterson University (NJ)
Committee on Student Success

  • Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino
9 a.m.–5 p.m. TIAA Private Consultations
9:45-11 a.m. Plenary Session
Higher Education’s Role in Protecting Our Democracy
Speakers:

  • Theodore (Ted) Johnson, Senior Advisor, New America
  • Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith America
  • Alisa White, President, Sam Houston State University (TX)
Excellence & Innovation Award Presentation:
We the People Award: Excellence in Civic Learning and Community Engagement

  • Carolyn Ringer Lepre, President, Salisbury University (MD)
Resource Spotlight:
PERIL

  • Marylin Rodriguez, Senior Curriculum and Training Manager, American University (DC)
10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Spouse/Partner: Crisis Communication

  • Rachel Frick Cardelle, Presidential Spouse, State University New York at Oneonta
  • Alberto J.F. Cardelle, President, State University New York at Oneonta
  • Leon Roberts, Presidential Spouse, University of Maryland Easter Shore
  • Heidi Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Aundra Shields, Presidential Spouse, Southern University and A&M College (LA)
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Presidential Leadership in Times of Crisis: Navigating Unrest in Higher Education
Support provided by TIAA

  • Stephanie Hale, Senior Director, TIAA
  • Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, San José State University (CA)
Reimagining the Carnegie Classifications: Update and What’s Next

  • Philip G. Rogers, Chancellor, East Carolina University (NC)
  • Mushtaq Gunja, Executive Director, Carnegie Classification Systems and Senior Vice President, ACE
Bridging Divides: Challenges and Solutions to Today’s Campus Climate of Polarization and Hate

  • Pasha Dashtgard, Director of Research, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL), American University (DC)
  • La’Nita Johnson, Director of Training and Partnership Development, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL), American University (DC)
12:30-1:45 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch Roundtables

  • Driving Institutional Effectiveness With Faculty Data
    Karen Bieber, Account Executive, Interfolio
  • Is AI Friend or Foe? Navigating the Rise of Artificial Intelligence on Campus
    Andrew Magliozzi, Chief Executive Officer, Mainstay
  • Improving Public Trust In An Age of Peer Influence
    Liz Gross, Chief Executive Officer, Campus Sonar
1:45-3 p.m. Plenary Session
Upholding Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging
Introduction:

  • Kenichi Iwama, Chancellor, Indiana University Northwest

Speakers:

  • Zakiya Smith Ellis, Principal, EducationCounsel
  • Scott Nycum, Vice President, Inclusion, Diversity & Giving, General Dynamics Information Technology
    in conversation with
    Karrie G. Dixon, Chancellor, Elizabeth City State University (NC)
Excellence & Innovation Award Presentation:
Sustainability and Sustainable Development (Comprehensive)

  • Stephen Perez, President, California State University Chico
Excellence & Innovation Award Presentation:
Sustainability and Sustainable Development (Innovative)

  • Brad Mortensen, President, Weber State University (UT)
Resource Spotlight:
Interfaith America

  • Rebecca Russo, Senior Director of Higher Education Strategy, Interfaith America
3:15-4:15 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Aligning Mission, Vision, and Values Through Data-Informed Strategic Enrollment Planning
Support provided by RNL

  • Eric Groves, Senior Vice President, Campus Partnerships, RNL
  • Robert Vela Jr., President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Standing Together, Achieving More: Regional Universities Overcoming Challenges and Expanding Their Impact Through a Public-Private Partnership
Support provided by Academic Partnerships

  • Susan Dukes, SVP, University Partnerships, Academic Partnerships
  • Richard Helldobler, President, William Paterson University (NJ)
  • Kimberly McCorkle, Provost, East Tennessee State University
  • Charles L. Welch, President, Arkansas State University System
How to Manage and Grow Academic Programs
Support provided by Gray Associates

  • Robert Gray Atkins, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gray Associates
  • Jonathan GS Koppell, President, Montclair State University (NJ)
4:30-5:45 p.m. Plenary Session
Surviving and Thriving in the Toughest Job in America

  • Andy Feinstein, President, University of Northern Colorado
  • Zulma R. Toro, President, Central Connecticut State University
Excellence & Innovation Award Presentation:
Stewards of Place

  • Ora H. Pescovitz, President, Oakland University (MI)
Excellence & Innovation Award Presentation:
Student Success and College Completion

  • Jordan Cofer, Associate Provost for Transformative Learning Experiences, Georgia College & State University
  • Costas Spirou, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia College & State University
Resource Spotlight:
Constructive Dialogue Institute

  • Jann L. Joseph, President, Georgia Gwinnett College
6-7 p.m. Evening Reception
Support provided by Academic Partnerships
7-9 p.m. Dinner
Support provided by Academic Search
Tuesday, November 7
7:30-8:30 a.m. Committee on International Education

  • Al M. Panu, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Millennium Leadership Initiative Executive Steering Committee

  • Ronald S. Rochon, President, University of Southern Indiana
Committee on Research (Closed Meeting)

  • Jim Wohlpart, President, Central Washington University
Rural Presidents and Chancellors Committee
8:30-9:30 a.m. Breakfast
Spouse/Partner Role in Fundraising

  • Ruth O’Brien, Fundraising Consultant, University of Chicago
AASCU Consulting Meeting (Breakfast)

  • Matt Ceppi, Executive Director, AASCU Consulting
African American Presidents and Chancellors Affinity Group (Breakfast)

  • Karrie G. Dixon, Chancellor, Elizabeth City State University (NC)
Asian American/Pacific Islander Affinity Group (Breakfast)

  • Terrence Cheng, Chancellor, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System
Hispanic Presidents and Chancellors Affinity Group (Breakfast)

  • Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, President, California State University, Fresno
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. TIAA Private Consultations
9:45-10:45 a.m. Spouse/Partner Roundtables

  • Monique Carroll, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Chicago State University (IL)
  • Julie Hall, Deputy Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Chicago State University (IL)
  • Leon Roberts, Presidential Spouse, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
10-11 a.m. Plenary Session
Council of Presidents Annual Business Meeting
Introduction:

  • Heidi Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Speakers:

  • Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Timothy Mottet, president, Colorado State University Pueblo
  • Ronald S. Rochon, President, University of Southern Indiana

What’s Happening on the Hill

  • Luis Maldonado, Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis, AASCU
  • John Patrick Walsh, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, AASCU
  • Roger Best, President, University of Central Missouri
  • Clarisol A. Duque, State Director, Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

What Is the Future of Student Success?
Support provided by EAB

  • Ed Venit, Managing Director, EAB
A Time of Uncertainty and Transition in College Athletics

  • Andy Feinstein, President, University of Northern Colorado
  • Jennifer Fraser, Managing Director for Division I, National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)
  • Julie Roe Lach, Commissioner, Horizon League
  • Tom Wistrcill, Commissioner, Big Sky Conference
12-3 p.m. Spouse/Partner Group Activity: Chicago Dine Around
12:30-2 p.m. Luncheon
President-to-Presidents Lecture Program and Distinguished Alumnus Award Presentation

Support provided by EllucianIntroductions:

  • Berenecea Johnson Eanes, President, City University of New York, York College
  • Brendan Kelly, President, University of West Georgia

President-to-President Lecture:

  • Tomás D. Morales, president, California State University, San Bernardino

Distinguished Alumnus Award:

  • Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, chief executive officer, Feeding America
    Introduced by
    E. Joseph Savoie, President, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Excellence & Innovation Award Presentation:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership

  • Tomás D. Morales, president, California State University, San Bernardino
Excellence & Innovation Award Presentation:
International Education

  • Al M. Panu, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Juanita Babet Villena-Alvarez, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Excellence & Innovation Award Presentation:
Leadership Development and Diversity

  • Astrid S. Tuminez, President, Utah Valley University
Resource Spotlight: Aspen

  • Ronald S. Rochon, President, University of Southern Indiana
2:15-3:15 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Championing Access: How One University Drives Impact Across Modalities
Support provided by Wiley University Services

  • Ken Tucker, President, The University of West Alabama
  • Jay Hatcher, Group Vice President for Business Development and Client Management, Wiley University Services
Achieving the Vision Requires a Strong and Cohesive Leadership Team

  • Timothy Mottet, President, Colorado State University Pueblo
  • Matt Ceppi, Executive Director, AASCU Consulting
3:15-4:45 p.m. Closing Plenary and Transfer of the Gavel:
Looking Ahead: Finding Hope and Reimagining the Future of Higher Ed
Introduction:

  • Mark A. Nook, President, University of Northern Iowa

Speakers:

  • Ryan Craig, Managing Director, Achieve Partners
  • DeRionne Pollard, President, Nevada State University

Transfer of the Gavel

Introduction:

  • José A. Cabrales, Vice President and Chief of Staff, AASCU

Participants:

  • Heidi Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (outgoing)
  • Ronald S. Rochon, President, University of Southern Indiana (incoming)
5-6 p.m. Closing Reception
Support provided by The Registry

TIAA wealth management consultants will be available for private consultations on Nov. 5–7. If you are interested in meeting with an advisor, please reserve an appointment or sign up onsite at the TIAA Private Consultations table near the AASCU Registration Desk on Nov. 5-7 between the hours of 12–5 p.m.

Appointments are available:

  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023 12–4 p.m. (The last appointment begins at 3 p.m.)
  • Monday, Nov. 6, 2023 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (The last appointment begins at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (The last appointment begins at 3:30 p.m.)
Sunday, November 5
2-4 p.m. Spouse/Partner Welcome and Networking
Embracing Wellbeing and Community

Do not miss this opportunity to join colleagues for an informal meet and greet, participate in networking activities, learn who our colleagues are, discover roles/functions, and have fun over food and drinks!erts, Presidential Spouse, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

  • Rachel Frick Cardelle, Presidential Spouse, State University New York Oneonta
  • Leon Roberts, Presidential Spouse, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Marilyn Braithwaite-Hall, Presidential Spouse, University of the Virgin Islands
Monday, November 6
10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Crisis Communication
Join colleagues for open and candid conversation with their spouses/partners surrounding hot topics regarding crisis communications.

  • Rachel Frick Cardelle, Presidential Spouse, State University New York at Oneonta
  • Alberto J.F. Cardelle, President, State University New York at Oneonta
  • Leon Roberts, Presidential Spouse, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Heidi Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Aundra Shields, Presidential Spouse, Southern University and A&M College (LA)
Tuesday, November 7
8:30–9:30 a.m. Spouse/Partner Role in Fundraising
This session will help spouses/partners to better understand the various elements and their role regrading Fundraising and how to best to support the president/chancellor.

  • Ruth O’Brien, Fundraising Consultant, University of Chicago
9:45–10:45 a.m. Spouse/Partner Roundtables
These roundtables will help spouses/partners better understand Title IX, athletic team common pitfalls, and how best to support the president/chancellor.

  • Monique Carroll, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Chicago State University (IL)
  • Julie Hall, Deputy Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Chicago State University (IL)
  • Leon Roberts, Presidential Spouse, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
12-3 p.m. Spouse/Partner Group Activity: Chicago Dine Around
Featured Speakers

Heidi M.

Anderson

President

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

Claire

Babineaux-Fontenot

Chief Executive Officer

Feeding America

Daniella Ballou-Aares

Daniella

Ballou-Aares

CEO and Co-Founder

Leadership Now Project

Roger

Best

President

University of Central Missouri

Marylin Braithwaite-Hall

Marilyn

Braithwaite-Hall

Presidential Spouse

University of the Virgin Islands

José A.

Cabrales

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

AASCU

Alberto J.

Cardelle

President

State University of New York at Oneonta

Monique Carroll

Monique

Carroll

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Chicago State University (IL)

Arturo Cherbowski Lask

Arturo

Cherbowski Lask

Executive Director

Santander Universities

Ryan Craig

Ryan

Craig

Managing Director

Achieve Partners

Karrie G.

Dixon

Chancellor

Elizabeth City State University (NC)

Clarisol A. Duque

Clarisol A.

Duque

State Director

Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)

Zakiya Ellis

Zakiya Smith

Ellis

Principal

EducationCounsel

Kristin G.

Esterberg

Chancellor

University of Washington Bothell

Andy

Feinstein

President

University of Northern Colorado

Rachel Frick-Cardelle

Rachel

Frick-Cardelle

Presidential Spouse

State University of New York at Oneonta

Mildred Garcia

Mildred

García

Chancellor

California State University System

Luis Armando González Placencia

Luis Armando

González Placencia

Executive Secretary General

National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions, ANUIES

Julie Hall

Julie

Hall

Deputy Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator

Chicago State University (IL)

Kenichi

Iwama

Chancellor

Indiana University Northwest

Ted Johnson

Theodore “Ted”

Johnson

Senior Advisor

New America

Jann L. Joseph

Jann L.

Joseph

President

Georgia Gwinnett College

Brendan Kelly

Brendan

Kelly

President

University of West Georgia

Colin Koproske

Colin

Koproske

Managing Director

EAB

Fernando León-García

Fernando

León-García

President

International Association of University Presidents

Luis

Maldonado

Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis

AASCU

Jamie Merisotis

Jamie

Merisotis

President and CEO

Lumina Foundation

Tomás D.

Morales

President

California State University, San Bernardino

Timothy

Mottet

President Emeritus

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Peter O.

Nwosu

President

State University of New York at Oswego

Scott Nycum

Scott

Nycum

Vice President, Inclusion, Diversity & Giving

General Dynamics Information Technology

Ruth O'Brien

Ruth

O’Brien

Fundraising Consultant

University of Chicago (IL)

Eboo Patel

Eboo

Patel

Founder and President

Interfaith America

Cynthia L.

Pemberton

President

Lewis-Clark State College (ID)

DeRionne

Pollard

President

Nevada State University

Leon Roberts

Leon

Roberts

Presidential Spouse

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Ron Rochon

Ronald S.

Rochon

President

University of Southern Indiana

Andrea Sáenz

Andrea

Sáenz

President and CEO

The Chicago Community Trust

E. Joseph Savoie

E. Joseph

Savoie

President

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Zaldwaynaka

Scott

President

Chicago State University (IL)

Aundra Shields

Aundra

Shields

Presidential Spouse

Southern University and A&M College (LA)

Zulma Toro

Zulma R.

Toro

President

Central Connecticut State University

Reyna Torres Mendivil

Reyna

Torres Mendivil

Consul General

Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago

John Patrick

Walsh

Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis

AASCU

Charles L. Welch, II

Charles L.

Welch

President and CEO

AASCU

Alisa

White

President

Sam Houston State University (TX)

impact

2022 conference survey says… 

4.8/5

Rating for the quality of speakers.

 87%

Percent of attendees that felt more connected to their colleagues after attending.

4.7/5

Rating for relevance of topics and issues covered.

“I left feeling renewed and committed to keep working for our students.”

Comment from 2022 Annual Conference Attendee Survey

“Excellent conference and topics. It was great to have an opportunity to connect with key leaders and issues facing higher ed.” 

Comment from 2022 Annual Conference Attendee Survey
Registration Fees
Attendee Type Early Bird
Aug. 14- Sept. 14
Regular
After Sept. 14
Member President/Chancellor $1,150 $1,250 
Non-Member President/Chancellor $2,150  $2,250 
Former President/Chancellor, AASCU Consultants $900 $1,000
Spouse/Partner (includes spouses/partners of former presidents/chancellors) $800 $900
  • All plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, workshops, focus groups, and networking sessions
  • Meal functions (reception on Sunday evening; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Monday; and breakfast, lunch, and reception on Tuesday)
  • Access to the meeting app and all meeting resources
  • The opportunity to take advantage of AASCU-negotiated discounted room rates at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

All changes and cancellations must be in writing.  

Participants who cannot attend are eligible for partial refunds as follows: 

  • Cancellation requests received until Friday, September 8, 2023 (5pm ET) will be charged a $250 administrative fee.  
  • Cancellations received after 5 pm (ET) Friday, September 8, 2023, through Friday, October 13, 2023, 5 p.m. (ET) will incur a $500 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received after 5 p.m. (ET) on October 13, 2023, and no-shows are not eligible for refunds. 

All refunds will be issued within 30 days of the receipt of the refund request.  When writing to cancel or submit a refund request, please email meetings@aascu.org and include “AC23 Cancellation” in the subject line.   

  • All refunds will be issued within 21 days of the receipt of the refund request.  
  • Please indicate to whom and where the refund should be issued.  
accommodations

Fairmont Chicago Millennium ParkFairmont Chicago Millennium Park
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Reservations

Book early to receive the group rate. Once rooms sell out, the group rate may not be available.

Sleeping room options are available at the group rate of $219 for single and double occupancy.

The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park boasts some of the city’s most spacious and impeccably appointed guestrooms. Whether you are enjoying a city, park, or lake view, the sights of Chicago will take your breath away.

Reserve online at Fairmont Chicago to reserve hotel accommodations, you can also reserve suites and upgrades at a higher negotiated rate or call the hotel directly at 1.866.540.4408.

Reservations should be confirmed prior to Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. Reservation requests after Oct. 20 will be accepted as space is available and at market rates.

All rooms are subject to taxes, which is currently 17.40 % per room per night will be charged. Taxes and assessments are subject to change.

Help keep meeting costs down – when booking in the AASCU block, guests take advantage of negotiated discounted room rates and help us negotiate the best rates for future events. Don’t miss out on this luxury downtown  property and take full advantage of valuable networking opportunities across the property. 

Early Departure Fee

In the event a guest checks out prior to reserved check-out date, the Hotel will add an early checkout fee to the guest’s account. Guests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the Hotel one business day prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

Should you need to cancel your reservation, notice must be given to the hotel at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival date to avoid a one-night deposit fee.

Check-In / Check-Out

Guest accommodation will be available at 3 p.m. on arrival day and reserved until 12:00 p.m. on departure day.

Note: All requests for early check-in are REQUESTS and may or may not be accommodated.

Any attendee who would like to be considered for late checkout should inquire at the front desk on the day of departure or at the time of reservation.

The Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is 18 miles northwest and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is 12 miles southwest from the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.  

Visit ALLSafeandWell.com for details and information regarding the measures the hotel is taking to safeguard, protect and care for you during your visit   

AASCU is committed to the health, safety and well-being of all attendees at our gatherings. We follow all local rules and CDC guidance and closely monitor conditions related to COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Attendees at all AASCU events agree to adhere to the following health and safety protocols.

Before leaving home   

  • AASCU strongly encourages all participants to be fully vaccinated. The CDC Vaccines website provides definitions of “Fully Vaccinated” and “Up To Date”. 
  • Stay home if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.  We recommend attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-19 safety practices in the days leading up to the event. 
  • We strongly encourage attendees to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test before traveling and before arriving to AASCU convenings.

Onsite during the event  

  • Masks are recommended and will be available at the registration desk. 
  • If you are experiencing cold or COVID-19 symptoms please be respectful and wear a mask.  
  • Self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available at the registration desk. We encourage participants test themselves upon arrival before joining the conference. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol  
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands  
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. 
  • If you feel unwell, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the convening, seek medical care and do not attend the meals or gatherings.  
  • If you test positive during the conference, please notify AASCU staff by emailing meetings@aascu.org.  

AASCU reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies. 

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 us if you need auxiliary aids or services.

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Fairmont Chicago strives to meet the needs of its guests with disabilitiesThe hotel has accessible rooms and assistive devices, please contact the hotel at (312) 565.8000 if you have any special requests relating to your disability or need any additional accessibility information about the hotel’s facilities and services.  

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