2020 New Presidents Academy

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Monday, July 27, 2020 to Friday, July 31, 2020
Carlsbad, 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.

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 2019.

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

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
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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The New Presidents Academy begins at 4:30 p.m. with the opening general session on Monday, July 27 and ends at the closing dinner on the evening of Friday, July 31. Participants are expected to participate in all sessions and attend all group meals. Detailed schedule will be mailed upon registration. Faculty will be available for individual consultations following sessions at the end of each day. Click here for the tentative program agenda. 

Participants in the Academy are required to submit an entry plan. See entry plan templates below:

Participants will create and complete their final entry plan in the digital e-book (details to follow). 


John Anderson, Coordinator New Presidents Academy, and Former President, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Mildred García, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Brian Hemphill, President, Radford University (Va.) 

Fees top

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 - $5,000
  • Non-member President/Chancellor - $5,500

Accommodations top

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa 
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 448-1234

Reserve your room online

The Resort provides complimentary shuttle service to the property's tennis courts and golf course. Transportation services are available on site from La Costa Limousine. Car rentals are available at the resort from Enterprise and can be arranged through the Concierge.

Check-in at the hotel is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at noon.

Room Rate

$269 group rate, plus 10% tax, plus 3% city tourism and a California tourism assessment fee of $1.00 per room night.  Taxes and assessments are subject to change. To obtain this rate, please book your room by Monday, June 29, 2020. Room reservations after June 29, 2020 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 Karusha Naidoo at AASCU, (202) 478-4655, so another guest can be accommodated if there is a waiting list.). All rooms will be assessed a $10 administrative fee per room per night. 

Valet Parking

Arrive in style and enjoy valet parking at our resort in Carlsbad, California. Six vehicle charging stations are available. Self-parking is not accessible.


Guests fly into the San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field (SAN) 30 miles to the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa.
Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. Follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas.

Dress Code

Business Casual

AASCU Resources

Millie García
President, AASCU

John Anderson
Program Coordinator, New Presidents Academy

Toyia Younger
Vice President, Leadership Development and Partnerships  

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to Karusha Naidoo at naidook@aascu.org.

Cancellations received prior to 5 p.m. EST, Friday, June 26, 2020 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after June 26 and prior to July 13 are subject to a cancellation fee of $900 for members and $1,000 for non-members. Cancellations after July 13 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