2020 New Presidents Academy Webinar Series

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Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, January 25, 2021
One webinar per month

Please contact Danita Young at youngd@aascu.org for new details regarding the New Presidents Academy.

The Leadership Program for State College and University Presidents

The AASCU New Presidents Academy (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 that is supportive, engaging and tailored to the specific challenges that a first-time president is likely to face.

About the Conference

NPA Webinar Series

Leadership in Adversity

Session description: All presidents will face crises and emergencies. Is your leadership team prepared? Are YOU prepared? This webinar will review the basics of crisis management as well as the deconstruction of an incident that was experienced by an AASCU president.


  • John Anderson, NPA program coordinator and former president, Millersville University (Pa.)
  • Brian Hemphill, president, Radford University (Va.)

Date: Oct. 5, 2020

Time: 4–6 p.m. ET

Managing Your Pace

Session description: New presidents tend to work excessive hours the first one-to-two years of their presidency, which is expected as they develop support from their base and get to understand the campus culture. However, many new presidents neglect their physical and emotional well-being during this period and beyond! How you manage your pace during your presidency will be discussed with many tips for survival!


  • John Anderson, NPA program coordinator and former president, Millersville University (Pa.)

Date: Nov. 2, 2020

Time: 4–6 p.m. ET

Strategic Vision/Institutional Change

Session description: You may be inheriting an existing strategic plan or have the opportunity to lead the campus in creating a new vision and plan. This is your chance, as a new president, to involve the campus community in discussions about student success and a new future. The outcome will involve change … are you prepared to lead the campus through that change?


  • Steve Turner, president, Northeastern State University (Okla.)

Date: Dec. 7, 2020

Time: 4–6 p.m. ET

Diversity and Inclusion

Session description: Diversity and inclusion unfortunately remain topics in which new presidents will be actively involved. Moving from diversity to inclusion will be discussed as well as the role of the president in addressing issues of racial and social injustice on campus.


  • Ellen Junn, president, California State University, Stanislaus
  • Ronald Rochon, president, University of Southern Indiana
  • Charles L. Welch, president, Arkansas Sate University System

Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Time: 4–6 p.m. ET 

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 and non-member presidents and chancellors appointed after September 2019.

2019 NPA Testimonials - What Presidents Are Saying ...

Huang Guiyou“A high quality, well-organized NPA. A truly great learning experience.”
–Guiyou Huang - Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Brad Mortenson“The New Presidents Academy is a transformative experience to ground me in the duties of the presidency as well as build a strong and willing network among the faculty and colleague presidents.”
–Brad Mortensen - Weber State University (Utah)
Dwight WatsonThanks to the faculty for their vision, wisdom, and integrity.”
–Dwight Watson - University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Bonnie Irwin“The cohort model of the New President's Academy provided us with a community of new colleagues and friends that I will rely on in the hard times and celebrate with in the good times. The intense week-long format allows for reflection while fitting in a time space where even a busy new president can get away from the office. The information was specific and relevant to what I am facing as a new chancellor, and the honesty and authenticity of the faculty gave me confidence that I, too, will succeed in this role.”
–Bonnie Irwin - University of Hawaii at Hilo

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Due to COVID-19, the 2020 New Presidents Academy will include virtual sessions starting in the fall.

Participants in the academy are required to submit an entry plan. Below are examples of entry plan templates:


John Anderson, NPA program coordinator and former president, Millersville University (Pa.)
Mildred García
, president, AASCU
Brian Hemphill
, president, Radford University (Va.) 
Steve Turner, president, Northeastern State University (Okla.)

AASCU Resources

Mildred García, president, AASCU 
John Anderson, NPA program coordinator and former president, Millersville University (Pa.)
Danita Young, interim vice president, Leadership Development and Partnership 

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