2021 New Presidents Academy

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Monday, July 12, 2021 to Monday, October 18, 2021

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

About the Conference


The 2021 academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member presidents and chancellors appointed after July 2019. 

Timeline and Format 

July–November 2021

The 2021 New Presidents Academy (NPA) will be delivered in a blended format beginning in June 2021. This includes monthly virtual learning and networking sessions and a two-day, in-person gathering in November.  

The program will feature:  

  • Monthly two-hour, interactive cohort gatherings held over four months (July, August, September, October)  
  • Two-day, in-person gathering scheduled in conjunction with the AASCU 2021 Annual Meeting (Nov. 5–7, 2021, in Clearwater, Florida) 
  • 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

Purpose and Objectives 

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. 

Guiding Principles

  • 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

Program Objectives 

  • 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 

Registration Fees  

  • AASCU Member Presidents/Chancellors - $3,500 
  • Non-Member Presidents/Chancellors - $4,000 

The registration fee covers the virtual program, materials, and meals for 2 1/2-day, in-person gathering.  

Scholarships are available to accepted applicants from qualifying institutions  

Register no later than June 30, 2021.  

Cancellation Fees  

  • AASCU Member Presidents/Chancellors - $500  
  • Non-Member Presidents/Chancellors - $750 

Cancellations received in writing by June 1 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received by July 15 will incur the above administration fees.  Refunds are not available from cancellations after July 15 Email Karusha Naidoo at  naidook@aascu.org and include “NPA Cancellation” in the subject line. 

Refunds are processed 30 days after close of the in-person meeting.  

Online Schedule

Monday, July 12, 4–6 p.m. ET
Session: Nature of the Presidency
Speaker: John Anderson, NPA program coordinator and former president, Millersville University (Pa.)

Thursday, July 29, 4–6 p.m. ET
Session: Leadership in Adversity
Speakers: John Anderson, NPA program coordinator and former president, Millersville University (Pa.)
Brian O. Hemphill, president-elect, Old Dominion University (Va.)  

Monday, Aug. 9, 4–6 p.m. ET
Session: Equity-Minded Leadership
Speakers: TBD

Monday, Aug. 23, 4–5 p.m. ET
Networking & Sharing

Monday, Sept. 13, 4–6 p.m. ET
Session: Interpretive Communications
Speaker: Jolene Koester, former president, California State University, Northridge

Monday, Sept. 27, 4–5 p.m. ET
Networking & Sharing

Monday, Oct. 4, 4–6 p.m. ET
Session: Role of the President and Student Success
Speaker: Mildred García, president, AASCU 

Monday, Oct. 18, 4–5 p.m. ET
Networking & Sharing

NPA Faculty  

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


Kathleen Scott, vice president, Leadership Development and Partnerships, AASCU
Danita Young
, assistant vice president of Meetings and conferences, AASCU
Karusha Naidoo
, associate director, Millennium Leadership Initiative and Leadership Development and Partnerships , AASCU 

2019 NPA Testimonials - What Presidents Are Saying ...

Huang Guiyou“A high quality, well-organized NPA. A truly great learning experience.”
–Guiyou Huang - Western Illinois University (formerly president of 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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