2019 New Presidents Academy

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Monday, July 29, 2019 to Friday, August 2, 2019
San Diego, 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.  Don't 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.

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 Institutional Change 
  • Presidential Leadership In Adversity
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Working with External Constituencies & Advocacy for Public Higher Education 
  • Fund and Friend raising
  • Financial Management and Resources Allocations 
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Shaping the Organization/Team Building
  • Interpretive Communication and much more... 

AASCU's New Presidents Academy is the only program that offers new presidents executive coaching and mentoring throughout the first year to support continued learning and success.


The academy is open to first-time AASCU member presidents and chancellors appointed after September 2017.

For more information, contact:
Toyia Younger
Phone: (202) 478-4644

 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

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The New Presidents Academy begins at 4:30 p.m. with the opening general session on Monday, July 29 and ends at the closing dinner on the evening of Friday, August 2. Participants are expected to participate in all sessions and attend all group meals. Faculty will be available for individual consultations following sessions at the end of each day.

Click here for tentative program agenda

Participants in the Academy are required to submit an entry plan and will receive instruction later on the details. See examples below:


Jolene Koester, Coordinator, New Presidents Academy, and President Emerita, California State University, Northridge
John Anderson, Former President, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Rudolph F. Crew, President, City University of New York, Medgar Evers College
Mildred García, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) 
Sandra J. Jordan, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Aiken 
Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor, Washington State University Vancouver 
Steve Turner, President, Northeastern State University

Featured Speaker 
Jeffrey D. Armstrong
, President, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Click here to register and the 2019 Academy

The registration fee 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.

  • Member President/Chancellor - $3,500
  • Non-member President/Chancellor - $4,000

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Kona Kai Resort & Spa
1551 Shelter Island Drive  
San Diego, CA 92106 
(619) 221-8000 – Hotel or (800) 566-2524 – Reservations
and mention you are with the "AASCU 2019 New President's Academy"

Click here to reserve online
Check-in at the hotel is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at noon. 

Room Rate
$264 group rate, plus 12.695% room tax, 2.0% city tax.  
To obtain this rate, please book your room by Monday, July 8, 2019.  Room reservations after July 8, 2019 will be on a space available basis and may be at a higher rate.

Reservations must be canceled one week prior to scheduled arrival to avoid a penalty of one night's room charge and tax. (Before canceling, please call  Danita Young at AASCU, (202) 478-4677, so another guest can be accommodated if there is a waiting list.)

Dress Code

Business Casual


Guests fly into the San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field (SAN) only 10 minutes to the Kona Kai Resort & Spa.  

Driving Directions from the North:

From 1-5 South, take 1-8 to Rosecrans Rt. 209. Continue straight for 3 miles, and turn left on Shelter Island Drive. Follow the road as it bends to the right to the main entrance of the Kona Kai Resort and Spa on the right.
Driving Directions from San Diego Airport:

Turn right on North Harbor Drive to Scott Street, and turn left Turn left on Shelter Island Drive, and follow as the road bends to the right to the main entrance of the Kona Kai Resort and Spa on the right.


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

AASCU Resources

Millie García

Jolene Koester
Program Coordinator, New Presidents Academy

Toyia Younger
Vice President, Leadership Development

Danita Young
Director of Meetings

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to Danita Young at youngd@aascu.org.

Cancellations received prior to 5 p.m. EST, Friday, June 28, 2019 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after June 28 and prior to July 15 are subject to a cancellation fee of $500 for members and $700 for non-members. Cancellations after July 15 and no-shows are not eligible for refunds. Refunds will be processed and issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion.


NPA is supported by generous funding from AALI