September 27, 2021

30 Higher Education Leaders Tapped for AASCU’s Academy for New Provosts

Kellee Edmonds
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2021 – A class of 30 exemplary provosts will participate in the 2021 Academy for New Provosts (ANP), a leadership development program of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). ANP, now in its second year, is geared toward the distinctive needs of provosts who lead state colleges and universities, providing them an opportunity to connect with their state university peers in an environment tailored to the specific challenges that a first-time provost is likely to face.

The 2021 Academy for New Provosts will include monthly virtual learning and networking sessions and a two-day gathering in person at AASCU’s Academic Affairs meeting in July 2022. ANP is made possible in part by generous support from AASCU strategic partner Ad Astra.

“The provost has a very difficult role to play during an extraordinarily challenging time for state universities,” said Terry Brown, vice president for academic innovation and transformation at AASCU. “These new provosts are beginning their jobs in the midst of crisis. This program is designed to provide a network of support and the specialized expertise and guidance that they need to flourish in their positions.”

ANP will prepare new provosts to understand the principles of exemplary academic leadership; navigate deep, transformative change; manage university finance and budget; build trust through effective communication; manage key relationships for success; use data effectively to create a culture of evidence and inform decisions; integrate academic planning with budget, facility, and IT planning; navigate between the president’s vision and the expectations of the faculty; and strengthen psychological and physical resilience.

View a full list of participants.


The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise. Visit us at