2018 Summer Council of Presidents

2018 Summer Council of Presidents

Saturday, July 7, 2018 to Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Santa Fe, New Mexico

“Creative Leadership: Inspiring Innovation in the Academy.”

Creative leaders can turn challenges into opportunities, finding imaginative ways to solve problems and improve institutions in the face of adversity. Join us for our 2018 Summer Council in Santa Fe—a city brimming with art, inspirational desert views, and distinctive adobe architecture—as we explore how campuses can embrace innovation to thrive during turbulent times.

Participants at the 2018 AASCU Summer Council of Presidents will have an opportunity to hear from communication and leadership experts on topics related to “Creative Leadership” as framed for this meeting and discuss these challenges with colleagues.

About the Conference

AASCU’s Summer Council of Presidents programming is designed to provide strategies and tools to help presidents and chancellors successfully lead change, drive innovation and create a sustainable future.  Attendance is limited to current presidents and chancellors of member institutions, family members and guests.

An Evening at the Opera


Join colleagues Saturday, July 7 as the Santa Fe Opera will premiere a New Candide as Part of Worldwide Leonard Bernstein Celebration. The premiere staging is part of the wide-reaching #BernsteinAt100 programming in honor of the composers’ centennial.

Santa Fe Opera will kick off its 2018 season June 29 with a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. The opera is part of the centennial celebration #BernsteinAt100, which will bring works from the composer around the world over two years.

The production, directed by Laurent Pelly, will run through August 25, which will mark what would have been the late composer’s 100th birthday. Enjoy a stellar performance under a starry New Mexico sky with beautiful music, compelling drama and stunning sunsets. Your night at the Opera will be a memorable experience for newcomers as well as opera lovers.

Reserve your ticket now!
AASCU has reserved a limited number of seats. Act now and contact Felicia Durham at (202) 478-4673 or durhamf@aascu.org to reserve your ticket(s) to attend this special celebration for dinner and an opera ticket.

Special Programs

Offered in conjunction with the 2018 Summer Council require separate registration:

AASCU Women Presidents Program – July 6
The Women Presidents and Chancellors Program at the AASCU Summer Council of Presidents will feature an agenda tailored to meet the specific interests and needs of women presidents. This session will provide a valuable opportunity to join as AASCU colleagues and women to discuss leadership issues and strategies for overcoming obstacles and achieving better results. 

Experienced Presidents Retreat – July 6 – 7
Sustaining the Creative Presidency in Challenging Times   
Facilitators with presidential and consulting experience will help presidents and chancellors reflect on their accomplishments and challenges and develop a plan for addressing critical issues and opportunities in the next stages in their presidencies. L. Jay Lemons, President, Academic Search, Inc. and Howard Cohen, Executive Director, AASCU Penson Center for Professional Development provide vital advice and counsel in an intimate group. Eligibility: presidents and chancellors appointed prior to July 2017 (program is for those in office three years and more). Enrollment limited to 20.

Sustaining the Vision: 2nd Year Presidents Workshop – July 6
This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for presidents who have been in office for a year or two, to reflect on challenges and successes, and to develop a plan for sustaining the vision and moving forward.  
Jolene Koester, Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development and President Emerita, California State University, Northridge will help participants consider how well they have done assessing and nurturing their base, building the leadership team and managing presidential priorities.  Presidents and chancellors appointed to their first presidency between January 2016 and September 2017 are invited to participate.  
Enrollment limited to 20.

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Accommodations top

Eldorado Hotel and Spa
309 W San Francisco St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Eldorado Hotel and Spa

The special conference rate is $239 for a single/double room plus 15.1875% guest room tax.

To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Wednesday, June 14, 2018.

Reserve accommodations early, well before Wednesday, June 14, 2018 when rooms are released.  After June 14, if accommodations are available, they will be at a higher rate.  Once AASCU’s conference rate rooms are filled, alternative overflow rooms will be listed on AASCU’s website.

Make hotel accommodations online 
Group Code: 180701AMER

You can also contact Natalie Riley, Area Group Rooms Coordinator at nriley@hhandr.com or you may reach her at 505.995.4564.  
- Enter your preferred dates
- Select your preferred room category: King or Queen/Queen

Room type is not guaranteed since it is based upon availability at the time of your reservation.
You can make reservations online if your stay is in the July 4 to 11 windows of the room block.
However, if you wish to book before or after AASCU’s room block, prefer to upgrade your room type at a higher rate, or if your online reservation fails (rooms may be sold out on one of your preferred nights), please call the hotel reservations office for assistance 505-995-4561 or 1-800-955-4455. 

A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold the reservation and shall be applied to the first night of the reserved stay. The deposit is refundable if notice is received at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained. Should you fail to show up or notify the hotel of cancellation, the hotel may retain the deposit.

Indicate any disability-related requirements or special preferences when making your reservation. The Eldorado   reservations department will work to accommodate your requests.

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


The Wi-Fi in the meeting areas is different from the sleeping rooms and the conference password will be shared before arrival.

Air Travel

Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
About an hour's drive north of Santa Fe, Albuquerque International Sunport sees more than six million passengers each during an average of over 500 daily takeoffs and landings. At 574,000 square feet and three levels, the airport's terminal sees traffic for non-stop service to over 30 cities across the country.

Airline carriers serving Albuquerque International Sunport

  • AeroMexico
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • United Airlines

Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF)
Santa Fe Municipal Airport is only 20 minutes from the Eldorado and specializes in private charter flight operations, but also has commercial service American Eagle Airlines, United Airlines and others. Passengers can board private reservation-required shuttles or hail taxis for direct service to downtown Santa Fe.

Airline carrier serving Santa Fe Municipal Airport

  • American Eagle Airlines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Great Lakes Airlines
  • United Airlines

AASCU is pleased to partner with Santa Fe Valet to provide transportation for meeting attendees to and the Eldorado Hotel Spa from Albuquerque and Santa Fe airports.  

Santa Fe Valet is the premier transportation provider in Northern New Mexico, and have been servicing the northern New Mexico region since 2007.  

Santa Fe Valet 
827 Camino De Monte Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 424 – 2171


Participants are encouraged to book airline tickets without delay and confirm ground transportation to and from the Eldorado Hotel. Transportation is available from Santa Fe airport or Albuquerque.   
Once your airline tickets are confirmed click here and complete the travel form to reserve your airport pickup with Santa Fe Valet. Travel should be confirmed no later than June 1, 2018 to secure ground transportation.

Ground Transportation Rates 
Santa Fe airport pickups and hotel transfers:          
$ 96.51    luxury sedan
$123.62   luxury Mercedes Benz
$107.36   SUV
Albuquerque airport pick-ups and hotel transfers:            
$182.18    luxury sedan
$ 206.04   luxury Mercedes Benz
$ 215.80   SUV

Travel should be confirmed no later than June 1, 2018 to secure ground transportation.
Prices above include tax but not gratuity.


Dining in Santa Fe can be an equally indulgent experience. Featuring everything from regional flavors and ingredients – including the traditional red and green chiles – to international fare, Santa Fe's culinary scene has something to suit any taste. Enjoy a taste of the Southwest at The Compound Restaurant, or French Asian fusion at the award-winning Geronimo. Whatever guests' taste may be – when it comes to food, attractions, culture and more – they're sure to find it in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe is located just an hour outside of New Mexico's largest airport, Albuquerque International Sunport.  Santa Fe is situated at 7,000 feet in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, the city is the highest capital in the United States. It's also the oldest, having been founded between 1607 and 1610 by European colonists. Its heritage, though, is a colorful patchwork of Pueblo Indian villages, Spanish colonial settlements and Mexican rule.

Today, this rich history is brought to life in every corner of Santa Fe. Just walking through downtown, guests encounter many examples of historic Spanish Territorial and Pueblo styles of architecture, both of which are reminiscent of the region's traditional adobe construction. Inside such structures, the past is brought to life as well, whether it be through the 20,000-item art collection at the New Mexico Museum of Art, or the Navajo textiles and historic pottery collection at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. All in all, Santa Fe boasts more than a dozen major museums that celebrate the art, culture, history and traditions of the region.

Santa Fe boasts more than 240 art galleries and dealers, and it is the 3rd largest art market in the United States. Higher learning holds a strong presence in Santa Fe, home to St. John's College, the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community College and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a cancellation fee if received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, June 8, 2018.  Cancellations received prior to this will receive a full refund. Refunds will be issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion. Payments made online will be refunded back to the credit card; all other refunds will be issued via check.

Cancellation Fee – Member President/Chancellor: $250
Cancellation Fee – Member Spouse/Partner: $150

Please note, due to pre-program preparations, cancellations received after 5 p.m. EST on June 18, 2018, including no-shows,* are not eligible for refunds (including optional events.)

Failure to reconcile Summer Council final invoices precludes members from registering for future meetings.

*No-show is a registrant who does not attend the meeting and has not canceled in writing. No-shows are responsible for all registered meeting charges.




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