Student Success Institute

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives. SSI will help individuals lead and implement transformational change necessary to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse student body.

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Prepare to lead transformational institutional change for student success. 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) provides the most current and relevant expertise on promising practices in student success, leadership, data and assessment, teaching and learning, and equity. Throughout the program, fellows have the opportunity to build a strong and supportive network of peers, learn from leading experts in the field, and develop a core set of critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. A key feature of the program is structured time and space to reflect on and advance one’s own student success plan with a small group of peers.

Who Should Participate

  • Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs with more than one year in their role 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Learn from leading experts in the field. Program speakers will include sitting presidents and experienced provosts, as well as national experts in areas such as leadership, student success, and data utilization.  
  • Develop critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. Fellows will learn about key leadership skills and have opportunities to practically apply them to their work via a student success plan. 
  • Build a strong and supportive network of peers. Throughout the program, there will be multiple opportunities for fellows to work together, in small groups and one-to-one settings, developing a group of trusted colleagues who can be called upon after the program is over.  
  • Have opportunities for reflection. Through guided discussions, short reflection prompts, small group discussions, and other activities, fellows will have valuable time to engage in thoughtful reflection about their own assumptions and practices. 
  • Build a portfolio of source material. Throughout the program, fellows will be given space and structure to collect and organize curricular materials to share at their institutions or to keep as reference following the conclusion of the program. 
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  • Student success is a key contributor to a more equitable society. Studies have shown that student success in college can increase economic mobility, reshape opportunities, and transform the lives of both students and their families.
  • There is empirical evidence that changing institutional practices and policies can increase student success outcomes and narrow achievement and opportunity gaps among all students.
  • Provosts are critical agents of the president or chancellor in transforming their institutions to achieve greater student outcomes.
  • Provosts are charged with overseeing the academic enterprise of an institution, while also building and managing effective relationships with their student affairs counterparts.
  • Academic and Student Affairs leaders are critical agents of the president or chancellor in transforming their institutions to achieve greater student outcomes.

Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs who participate in the SSI will:

  • be able to assess and develop their leadership styles to more effectively drive positive change at their institutions. 
  • deepen their understanding of student success practices and further develop their skills to effectively implement promising practices. 
  • understand the specific roles data play and how to leverage data to increase and accelerate student success initiatives at their institutions. 
  • understand and be able to articulate the critical role of teaching and learning and supporting faculty development for equitable student success. 
  • critically reflect on their own implicit biases and build their skills to become equity conscious leaders. 

The 2023 SSI will take place from February 2023 to July 2023.

Programming will be delivered in a blended format, with in-person and virtual programming. Virtual programming will take place on select Fridays (exact dates TBD) between 2 and 4 p.m. ET. Workshops will be two hours in length and small group discussions will be one hour in length. In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.  

  • Program Onboarding (virtual): January 2023 
  • In-Person Meeting (Washington, D.C.): February 2023 
  • Virtual Workshops: March, April, and June 2023 
  • Virtual Small Group Discussions: March, April, and June 2023 
  • Closing gathering scheduled in conjunction with the AASCU 2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting (Baltimore, MD): July 18 and 19 2023 

Dates for future SSI cohorts are to be announced. 

In addition to the above meetings, all SSI participants will apply their learnings to a self-directed student success plan. 

  • Leadership 
  • Student Success 
  • Equity 
  • Data 
  • Teaching and Learning 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the  needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives.  Participants include provosts, vice presidents of student affairs and others driving student success initiatives.  Participants must have at least one year in their current role.  

All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available. Multiple participants working from the same institution are encouraged to participate together as they will work together to develop or refine the campus student success plan.

  • No formal application is required. Upon registration, participants will be asked to share their leadership and student success goals.
2023 Registration Fees
  • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $3,500
  • Participants from non-member institutions: $4,500 (admitted if space allows)
  • The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensives, and all materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. 
Scholarships
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions.
Testimonial

Participating in the SSI and having the opportunity to engage in such transformational discussions related to my leadership role at my university was an absolute pleasure. I found the subjects to be innovative, forward-thinking, and of extreme relevance to my work as the CAO. This initiative proved to be extremely valuable as I was able to expand my network and learn from the experiences of so many experts.

Maria Woodside-Oriakhi

Vice President of Academic Affairs
The University of The Bahamas

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Application Details

The registration period for SSI is now closed. Registration for future SSI cohorts will be announced. All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Eligible nonmembers will be allowed to register if space is available. 

Application Requirements

  • Provost, associate/vice provost, or vice president for student affairs with at least one year of experience 
  • committed to advancing significantly better and more equitable outcomes for your students 

Important Dates

  • Sign up to be notified for future SSI deadlines and dates.

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AASCU Spouse/Partner Program 

The Spouse/Partner Program recognizes the important role of presidential spouses/partners and provides leadership development, networking, and skill-building opportunities to those serving in these critical positions.

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Rachel Frick Cardelle, Darlene Repollet, and Michael Mills at the 2022 Annual Conference.
Rachel Frick-Cardelle, and Darlene Repollet, and Michael Mills at 2022 Annual Conference.

Leadership through a different lens.  

The role and expectations of a presidential spouse or partner may vary by region, institution, and personal preference. But some factors are common, such as your desire to support your spouse or partner. The Spouse/Program is designed to inform and foster an understanding of what you’ll need to thrive in the university environment, the surrounding community, and in your personal life.  

Leon Roberts speaks at a 2022 roundatble.
 

Who should participate?

  • Presidential spouses/partners  

How will you benefit?

  • Networking opportunities
  • Professional development
  • A community of support from fellow spouses/partners

Testimonials

“AASCU’s Spouse & Partner Program provides support, training, and the rare chance to reflect upon the exciting challenges and opportunities that come with my role as a presidential spouse with a group of people walking a similar path. When I first joined the group two years ago, I did so because of the training and learning it provided. What I had not anticipated but have come to value as much as the professional development is the chance to relax with other partners and spouses, building friendships and a network of people to whom I can reach out to seek advice and understanding around issues both large and small that arise. The commitment of the other spouses and partners to their students and institutions truly inspires me, and this group’s fellowship has made my journey more successful and fun.”

Rachel Frick Cardelle

State University of New York at Oneonta

“AASCU’s Spouse / Partner Program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Presidential Spouses to network and strategize about unique issues in a safe space. I became involved in the program five years ago, and during that time, I’ve called on my colleagues’ numerous times for council. We meet regularly with subject matter experts to learn about best practices and new ideas that can help our spouse partners reduce stress and hopefully become more successful in helping our students get to the finish line.”

Leon Roberts

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
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A community of support.

The AASCU Spouse/Partner Program provides networking opportunities, professional development, and guidance, all tailored to the unique needs of presidential spouses and partners.  

Program offerings include conferences, symposiums, webinars, and brown bag sessions. They are delivered in a confidential, supportive, and comfortable setting that enables presidential spouses and partners to discuss shared journeys, challenges and wins.

 

Spouse/Partner Group at the 2022 AASCU Annual Conference
Spouse/Partner Group at the 2022 AASCU Annual Conference

 

The AASCU Annual Conference includes programming designed specifically for spouses/partners. Presidential spouses/partners network with colleagues and learn how they are balancing the many and varied responsibilities of their roles.  

Sessions may focus on: 

  • The Spouse/Partner Role in Fund and Friend-raising 
  • Ideas for Campus and Community Engagement 
  • Managing Expectations 
  • The Varying Roles of Spouses/Partners 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • Topical Roundtables 
  • Navigating Legislative Matters  
  • Crisis Management 
  • Brand Management and Communication Tools 
  • Time Management/Creating and Maintaining Relationships 
  • Recognizing and Handling Challenges  

The strength of this program comes from the diversity of its membership, whose knowledge, expertise, and commitment serve as great resources. A critical resource we offer is the Spouse/Partner Member Directory (login required.)

Member Directory
  • Dr. Alison Nooks, spouse of former president Kirk Nooks, Gordon State College (GA)
  • Mike Matson, spouse of president Cynthia Teniente-Matson, San Jose State University
  • Rick Gonzalez, spouse of president Timothy Mottet, Colorado State University Pueblo
  • Elizabeth Ross, spouse of former president George Ross, Central Michigan University
  • Cyndie Shepard, spouse of former chancellor Bruce Shepard, Western Washington University
  • Judy Ingle, spouse of former president Ronald Ingle (deceased) Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • Jo Hern Curris, spouse of former president Constantine W. (Deno) Curris, Murray State University (KY), University of Northern Iowa, Clemson University (SC), and American Association of State Colleges and University (AASCU)
  • Bobbie Ostar, spouse of president emeritus, American Association of State Colleges and University (AASCU)
Upcoming events for Spouses and partners
AASCU 2024 Annual Conference for Presidents and Chancellors

Nov. 16-19, 2024

Puerto Rico

Conference

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Past NPA Cohorts

Meet the alumni from recent New Presidents Academy cohorts.

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2022 NPA Cohort

Ericke Cage

Ericke S.

Cage

President

West Virginia State University

Bret

Danilowicz

President

Radford University (VA)

Wendell

Godwin

President

East Central University (OK)

Janet

Gooch

Chancellor

University of Illinois Springfield

Bo

Hannaford

President

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Adreain

Henry

President

Mercy College of Health Sciences (IA)

J. Carlos

Hernandez

President

Sul Ross State University (TX)

John Hoffman

John L.

Hoffman

President

Bemidji State University (MN)

Sheila Edwards

Lange

Chancellor

University of Washington Tacoma

Ming-Tung “Mike”

Lee

President

Sonoma State University (CA)

Carolyn Lepre

Carolyn Ringer

Lepre

President

Salisbury University (MD)

Michelle

Malott

Former Interim Chancellor

Indiana University East

Steven

Mauro

President

“State University of New York, Alfred State College of Technology”

Shari G.

McMahan

President

Eastern Washington University

James T.

Minor

Chancellor

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Nancy S.

Niemi

President

Framingham State University (MA)

Milagros “Milly”

Peña

President

Purchase College, State University of New York

Stephen

Perez

President

California State University, Chico

Vanya

Quiñones

President

California State University Monterey Bay

Stacey

Robertson

President

Widener University (PA)

Kelly A.

Ryan

President

Eastern Oregon University

David

Schecter

President

East Georgia State College

Todd

Shields

Chancellor

Arkansas State University Jonesboro

Aswani

Volety

Chancellor

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Lisa

Vollendorf

President

State University of New York, Empire State College

Darrell P.

Wheeler

President

State University of New York at New Paltz

Daniel K.

Wims

President

Alabama A&M University

Richard

Yao

President

California State University Channel Islands

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New Presidents Academy

Join state university peers to prepare for the specific challenges first-time presidents and chancellors are likely to face. 

Register by July 12.
Sylvia Alva, Mildred García, Michael Dumont and Luke Wood at NPA 2023.
Sylvia Alva, Mildred García, Michael Dumont and Luke Wood at NPA 2023.

The leadership program for new state college and university presidents and chancellors.

NPA is tailored to the distinctive needs of new presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities.  

2023 New Presidents Academy cohort.
2023 New Presidents Academy cohort.

 

Who Should Participate

  • The 2024 academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member presidents and chancellors appointed after July 2023. Exceptions may be made for presidents who began prior to July 2023 if space permits. 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to presidents
  • Build a strong and supportive network of new and seasoned presidents
  • Acquire core knowledge and learn strategies that will help you succeed as a new president or chancellor 
  • Strengthen your leadership skills 
  • Assess and reflect on your leadership strengths and define areas for growth 
  • Engage in a mentoring partnership with an experienced president.  
  • Connect with a diverse faculty of experienced presidents, chancellors, and experts in advancement, communications, governance, and financial management
What to Expect
  • 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 and covering topics critical to the current context of higher education leadership 
  • Support new presidents with a practical orientation to the presidency.  
  • 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 
  • Explore the president’s multiple roles  
  • Assess current state of university including the effectiveness of the senior team
  • Role of the president  
  • Crisis management 
  • Equity-minded, student-centered leadership 
  • Fundraising  
  • Strategic planning  
  • Advocacy, government relations and advancement 
  • Building and engaging your leadership team
  • Financial management 

The 2024 NPA will take place from July to December 2024. 

 The program will feature:   

  • Four-day, in-person gathering (July 24-27, 2024 at the Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, California) 
  • Monthly  interactive cohort gatherings via Zoom held over three months (August, September, and October) 
  • Half-day in-person gathering in November 16 in conjunction with AASCU’s Annual Conference (November 16-19, 2024 in Puerto Rico)  
  • Formal mentoring with NPA faculty and current and retired AASCU presidents and chancellors (October 2024–May 2025)
  • Access to AASCU (phone a friend) resource list of AASCU presidents and chancellors 
  • The 2024 academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member presidents and chancellors appointed after July 2023.
  • Exceptions may be made for presidents who began prior to July 2023 if space permits.
  • All eligible members will be admitted as space allows.
  • Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available. 

No formal application is required. 

2024 Registration Fees
  • Presidents/Chancellors from AASCU member institutions: $6,000
  • Presidents/Chancellors from non-member institutions: $8,000 
  • The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials. The registration fee also includes participation in AASCU’s 2024 Annual Conference, November 16-19, Puerto Rico.
Scholarships
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellation requests received on or after June 3, 2024 are NOT eligible for a refund.
  • If you need to cancel after June 3 please email leadershipdevelopment@aascu.org to explore if you are eligible for a deferral to a different iteration of NPA or receive a credit toward a different program.
Is my institution an AASCU member?

Presidential spouses/ partners are welcome to attend our 2024 New Presidents Academy opening reception (July 24, 2024) and our closing reception and dinner (July 27, 2024). We encourage spouses/partners to participate in our AASCU Spouse/Partner Program at our 2024 Annual Conference (November 16-19, Puerto Rico) which will provide networking opportunities, professional development, and guidance, all tailored to the unique needs of presidential spouses and partners.

2024 Registration Fees 

  • Presidential spouse/partner from AASCU member institution: $1100
  • Presidential spouse/partner from non-member institutions: $1200
  • The registration fee includes meals during the NPA meeting and participation in AASCU’s 2024 Annual Conference, November 16-19, Puerto Rico.
Testimonials

“Thank you all for gifting me one of the most personally enriching professional experiences I have ever had. I’m honored to have shared time and space with all of you.”

Andrés Acebo

Interim President
New Jersey City University

‘I learned so much and am looking forward to applying that knowledge now and in the future. A special thanks to the faculty for sharing their experiences and their vulnerabilities. It was truly inspiring, and I appreciated the modeling for all of us in our current and future roles.”

Karen Riley

President
Slippery Rock University (PA)

NPA is an absolute must for all new college and university presidents. The depth of knowledge of the faculty and laser focus on mission critical best practices for success are extremely valuable. The intentionality and rich diversity of the NPA faculty and cohort members also speaks volumes about AASCU’s preeminent role in shaping the future of higher education.

Ericke Cage

President
West Virginia State University

Absolutely amazing. The right experience at the right time. I can see tangible ways that this is going to help me accelerate my transition, listen more deeply, and advance the work among a network of equity-minded colleagues.

John Hoffman

President
Bemidji State University (MN) and Northwest Technical College (MN)
Meet the 2023 Cohort
Andres Acebo

Andres

Acebo

Interim President

New Jersey City University

Sylvia Alva

Sylvia A.

Alva

President

California State University Fullerton

Bonita Brown

Bonita

Brown

Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Northern Kentucky University

Alexander

Conyers

President

South Carolina State University

Ron Darbeau

Ron W.

Darbeau

Chancellor

Penn State Altoona

Michael J.

Dumont

Interim President

California State University Maritime Academy

Daniel

Ennis

President

Delta State University (MS)

Anita Borja

Enriquez

President

University of Guam

Rick Esch

Richard T.

Esch

President

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Aubra

Gantt

Chancellor

Southern University Shreveport-Bossier City Campus

Jay D.

Gatrell

President

Eastern Illinois University

Anthony Graham

Anthony

Graham

Interim Chancellor

Winston-Salem State University (NC)

Corey King

Corey A.

King

Chancellor

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Todd G.

Lamb

President

University of Central Oklahoma

Tomikia P.

Legrande

President

Prairie View A&M University (TX)

Peter O.

Nwosu

President

State University of New York at Oswego

Salvador Hector

Ochoa

President

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Ron

Patterson

President

Chadron State College (NE)

Stuart Rayfield

Stuart E.

Rayfield

President

Columbus State University (GA)

Karen Riley

Karen

Riley

President

Slippery Rock University (PA)

Dennis Rome

Dennis M.

Rome

Chancellor

Indiana University East

Lester

Sandres Rápalo

President

State University of New York Rockland Community College

Michael Shannon

Michael P.

Shannon

President

University of North Georgia

Dwayne

Smith

Interim President

Southern Connecticut State University

Suzanne Smith

Suzanne

Smith

President

State University of New York College at Potsdam

David Tandberg

David A.

Tandberg

President

Adams State University (CO)

Luke

Wood

President

California State University Sacramento

Our Partners

Application Details

New Presidents Academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member presidents and chancellors appointed after July of the previous year. Exceptions may be made for presidents who began prior to July if space permits. All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available. 

Application Requirements

  • No application required 

Important Dates

  • Register for the 2024 NPA by July 12.
  • The NPA will take place from July to December 2024, and will feature:   
    • Four-day, in-person gathering (July 24-27, 2024 at the Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, California) 
    • Monthly  interactive cohort gatherings via Zoom held over three months (August, September, and October) 
    • Half-day in-person gathering in November 16 in conjunction with AASCU’s Annual Conference (November 16-19, 2024 in Puerto Rico)  
    • Formal mentoring with NPA faculty and current and retired AASCU presidents and chancellors (October 2024–May 2025)

Registration is open for the 2024 New Presidents Academy.

Register by July 12.

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Past ANP Cohorts

Meet the alumni from recent Academy for New Provosts cohorts.

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2022 ANP Cohort

Rondall Allen

Rondall E.

Allen

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Joanne

Ardovini

Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Gordon State College (GA)

Bernardo Cantens

Bernardo Joaquin

Canteñs

Executive Vice President and Provost

Sul Ross State University (TX)

J. Paige

Carney

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

West Virginia State University

Valerie Martin

Conley

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Idaho State University

Joseph

Cope

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York at Geneseo

Andrea E.

Evans

Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Northeastern Illinois University

Kirsten

Fleming

Executive Vice President and Provost

University of Northern Colorado

Andrew

Harris

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Washington Tacoma

David

Hood

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Walt

Jacobs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“California State University, East Bay”

David

Jenks

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Middle Georgia State University

Brad

Johnson

Provost and Executive Vice President

Western Washington University

Quentin

Kidd

Provost and Academic Director of the Wason Center for Civic Leadership

Christopher Newport University (VA)

Chad A.

Kinney

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Earnest L.

Lamb

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“Purchase College, State University of New York”

Kristen L.

Majocha

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Nebraska Kearney

Heather Hulburt

Norris

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Appalachian State University (NC)

Kristen

Porter-Utley

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Framingham State University (MA)

Bijoy K.

Sahoo

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Southern University and A&M College (LA)

Beverly Schneller

Beverly

Schneller

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Governors State University (IL)

Matt

Seimears

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Eastern Oregon University

Michael J.

Self

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Lincoln University of Missouri

Tonya

Smith-Jackson

Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Nigamanth

Sridhar

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Cleveland State University (OH)

Pamela

Steinke

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of South Carolina Upstate

Tammi

Vacha-Haase

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Roger J. Ward

Roger J.

Ward

Provost and Executive Vice President

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Hongtao

Yu

Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Morgan State University (MD)

Michael

Zieg

Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Slippery Rock University (PA)

2021 ANP Cohort

Melinda Schlager

Arnold

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Anne Clark

Bartlett

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Saint Elizabeth University (NJ)

Allen

Bedford

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Bemidji State University (MN)

James

Beeby

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Keene State College (NH)

Laura

Bloomberg

President

Cleveland State University (OH)

Derrick

Brazill

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

“City University of New York, York College “

Michelle

DenBeste

Provost and Vice President for Academic Life

Central Washington University

Sepehr

Eskandari

Provost

Montana State University – Billings

Linda Essig

Linda

Essig

Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

“City University of New York, Baruch College”

DoVeanna Fulton

DoVeanna Sherie

Fulton

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Norfolk State University (VA)

Karyn Scissum

Gunn

Provost and Senior Vice President

“California State University, Long Beach”

José

Herrera

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Northern Iowa

Anne F.

Herzog

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

Carolyn

Kapinus

Dean of the Graduate School (former provost)

Texas Woman’s University

Kimberly

Kostelis

Interim Provost

Central Connecticut State University

Jill

Lane

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Clayton State University (GA)

Monica Terrell

Leach

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Fayetteville State University (NC)

George

Low

Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost

Georgia Gwinnett College

Kimberly

McCorkle

Provost

East Tennessee State University

Sametria

McFall

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Savannah State University (GA)

Darrell

Newton

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Winona State University (MN)

Richard L.

Ogle

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“California State University, Stanislaus “

Jon

Preston

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of West Georgia

Britt Rios-Ellis

Britt

Rios-Ellis

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Oakland University (MI)

Kris

Roney

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Hawai’i at Hilo

Charlotte

Simmons

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

University of Central Oklahoma

Michael T.

Stephenson

Provost and Senior Vice President

Sam Houston State University (TX)

Catherine M.

Wehlburg

Interim President

Athens State University (AL)

Ontario

Wooden

Former Interim President

Alcorn State University (MS)

Abbey

Zink

Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer

Slippery Rock University (PA)

Learn more about the Academy for New Provosts.

 

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Academy for New Provosts

ANP is tailored to the distinctive needs of provosts who lead state colleges and universities. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with your peers in a learning environment tailored to the specific challenges that a first-time provost is likely to face.

Learn more.
Sepehr Eskandari chats with other cohort members of ANP 2022.
Sepehr Eskandari chats with other cohort members of ANP 2022.
2022 ANP Cohort.
2021 ANP Cohort.

ANP supports first-time provosts with the tools and community needed to succeed. 

Join ANP to be connected to a community of colleagues. The program includes in-person and virtual workshops as well as mentoring from an experienced provost. 

Who Should Participate

  • Provosts in their first year at AASCU member institutions. Non-members will be permitted if space allows. 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Connect with national experts and accomplished provosts on topics of relevance to provosts at AASCU institutions.
  • Engage in a mentoring partnership with an experienced provost. 
  • Develop a supportive community of provosts who are also beginning their roles. 
  • Acquire core knowledge and learn strategies that will help you succeed as a new provost. 
  • Strengthen your leadership skills. 
  • Assess and reflect on your leadership strengths and define areas for growth. 
What to Expect
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions integrated throughout.
  • Tailored to the distinctive needs of provosts and chief academic officers who lead state colleges and universities. 
  • Supportive, engaging, and customized learning environment to meet the specific challenges of a first-time provost. 
  • Strong relational component—commitment to create and support trust, encourage peer-to-peer learning, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort.
  • Understand principles of exemplary academic leadership, change management, and 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.
  • Strengthen psychological and physical resilience.
  • Foster inclusive cultures that prioritize equity, inclusion and belonging.

The 2024 Academy for New Provosts (ANP) will be delivered in a blended format beginning with an in-person gathering in Washington, DC in fall 2024 followed by monthly virtual learning and networking sessions through May 2025. The cohort will come back together in person at AASCU’s Summer Meeting for Academic and Student Affairs Leaders in July 2025. 

The program will feature:   

  • Three-day, in-person gathering in Washington, D.C. (October 22 – October 24, 2024) 
  • Monthly, two-hour, interactive cohort gatherings held over six months (November–May) 
  • A closing gathering scheduled in conjunction with the AASCU 2025 Summer Meeting (July 2025)
  • Optional small group reflection and discussion sessions 
  • Asynchronous learning modules (pre-reads) 
  • Formal mentoring with ANP faculty and experienced AASCU provosts 

 In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. 

  • The Role of the Provost
  • Exemplary Academic Leadership
  • Building Psychological and Physical Resilience
  • Tips and Traps
  • Partnerships for Success
  • Leadership Challenge Case Studies
  • Courageous Leadership (based on the work of Brené Brown)
  • Integrated Academic Program Planning
  • Equity and Student Success
  • Budgeting
  • The 2024 academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member provosts in their first year.
  • Exceptions may be made for provosts who began prior to July 2023 if space permits.
  • All eligible members will be admitted as space allows.
  • Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available.

The registration link for the 2024 cohort will be posted in July.

All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are first-time provosts in their first year will be allowed to register if space is available.

2024 Registration Fees
  • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $4,750 
  • Participants from non-member institutions: $6,650 
  • The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials. The registration fee also includes participation in AASCU’s 2025 Summer Meeting for Academic and Student Affairs Leaders. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.
Scholarships
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions.

 

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The Stories

This was an amazing experience! I am confident that I have made connections that will blossom into trusting lasting relationships. The content was outstanding, and the presenters were engaging. 

2022 ANP Participant

Meet the 2023-2024 Cohort

Margaret J.

Ball

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Harald

Barkhoff

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Hawaii at West Oahu

Jose

Coll

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Western Oregon University

Laurie

Couch

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Salisbury University (MD)

Margaret

Doell

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Adams State University (CO)

Suzan J.

Harkness

Provost

State University of New York at Morrisville

Dimetri

Horner

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Harris-Stowe State University (MO)

Keiki

Kawai’ae’a

Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Hawai’i at Hilo

Andrew

Lawson

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University Monterey Bay

Gary

Liguori

Provost/Senior Vice President

University of West Florida

Ed

Martini

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Kimberly

McLeod

Provost / Vice President of Academic Affairs

Clayton State University (GA)

Darcy

Medica

Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

State University of New York Cobleskill

Enrique

Morales-Diaz

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York at Oneonta

Carlos

Nevarez

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University Sacramento

Sharleen

Santos-Bamba

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost

University of Guam

Brandon Schwab

Brandon

Schwab

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

University of Illinois Springfield

Doria “Kathy”

Stitts

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (interim)

Winston-Salem State University (NC)

Bethany M

Usher

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Radford University (VA)

Julian

Vasquez Heilig

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Western Michigan University

Catherine

Whelan

Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

East Georgia State College

Luria

Young

Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Southern University and A&M College (LA)

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Application Details

The registration period for ANP is now closed. Registration for 2023 will open in Summer 2023. All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are first-time provosts in their first year will be allowed to register if space is available. 

Application Requirements

  • No formal application is required.
  • Registration is open to first-time provosts from AASCU member institutions who were appointed starting in July 2022. Non-members will be permitted if space allows. 

 

Important Dates

  • Registration is closed.
  • 2023 Program dates:
    • October 24 – October 26, 2023: in-person gathering in Washington, D.C.
    • Monthly virtual sessions November 2023 – May 2024
    • July 17 – 19, 2024 in-person gathering in conjunction with 2024 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Denver, CO

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Executive Leadership Academy

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) is a unique leadership development program for senior cabinet officers who are interested in becoming university presidents.

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Developing the next generation of presidents.

The president’s role, as well as that of other senior administrators, has changed. It now requires an understanding of all aspects of the institution—from enrollment to endowment management and from governmental to alumni relations—not to mention inclusion and belonging, athletics, fundraising, marketing, student affairs, strategic planning, and financial management. The president’s necessary expertise also has expanded beyond institutional borders, to include regulatory and legislative issues and crisis communications. Further, it is more essential than ever that the pipeline of senior leaders prepares a diverse range of candidates from all backgrounds to succeed. ELA develops the wide-ranging skills that new presidents and senior executives will need to meet the challenges of today’s educational environment and serve today’s students.

Who Should Participate

  • Campus leaders and cabinet members interested in becoming president/chancellor or other senior executive position.

How You’ll Benefit

  • Comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to presidents.
  • Participants complete a Professional Experience Plan (PEP), which assesses leadership strengths as well as the opportunities Build a strong and supportive network of peers and mentors. 
  • One on one mentoring from current president and program director. 
What to Expect

A partnership to prepare future leaders.

The Executive Leadership Academy is cosponsored by AASCU, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). Approximately 35 participants are selected each year – half from AASCU member institutions and half from CIC member institutions. 

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions integrated throughout 
  • Mentorship from experienced presidents  
  • Opportunity for real-time application and impact of tools and trainings via a Professional Experience Plan 
  • Strong relational component—commitment to create and support trust, encourage peer-to-peer learning, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort 
  • Enhance the skills and knowledge of cabinet-level administrators as they contemplate future roles as college or university presidents or other senior executive positions 
  • Opening Seminar (June 13-15, 2024, Washington, D.C.)  
  • Virtual workshops (monthly, July 2024–May 2025 
  • Closing Seminar (June 13-14, 2025, Washington, D.C.)  

In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected. 

Dates for the 2024-25 ELA will be posted in fall 2023. 

  • Enrollment and marketing 
  • Endowment and financial management 
  • Government relations 
  • Alumni relations 
  • Inclusion and belonging 
  • Crisis communications 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Applications that are complete, including a nomination/endorsement from a president/chancellor, and submitted by the deadline will be considered.
  • AASCU and AALI staff review applications and select a cohort that reflects the diversity of AASCU institutions.
  • Preference is given to applicants from AASCU member institutions. 

A complete application for ELA includes the following: 

  • Nomination or endorsement from the president/chancellor from your home institution 
  • Clear and concise summary of your personal and professional development goals 
  • Commitment to 100% participation 

Seminars are led by a teaching faculty of AASCU and CIC presidents and chancellors, vice presidents and chancellors, and other national subject matter experts.

The program fee for the 2024–2025 academic year is $3,250 per applicant. 

The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials. 

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations in Washington, DC. 

Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from qualifying institutions. AALI and Academic Search provide financial support to enable this program fee to be kept at this level. 

Testimonials

I found the ELA to be among the most valuable professional development activities in my career. In addition to receiving pertinent information concerning the major trends impacting higher education, participants are provided a broad array of opportunities to network with colleagues who have similar professional aspirations.”

Harvey Kesselman

President
Stockton University (NJ)

“The Executive Leadership Academy underscores the principle of distributed leadership – every quality that we enhance and any gap in knowledge, skill, or ability that we reduce or eliminate through the program prepares us for the next level while bolstering our effectiveness where we currently lead.”

Barbara Lyman

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
State University of New York at New Paltz

Ken Iwama, chancellor of Indiana University Northwest, shares his experience at the Executive Leadership Academy.

2023-2024 Cohort

Mary S.

Alexander

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Western Connecticut State University

Heidi

Anderson-Isaacson

Vice President of Student Development and Success

Alverno College (WI)

Stacey

Berggren

Chief Admissions Officer

Northwest Nazarene University (ID)

Jessica J.

Brown

Vice President for Student Affairs & Athletics

North Central College (IL)

Fredrick Chilson

Fredrick

Chilson

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Lewis-Clark State College (ID)

John

Craig

Senior Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Athletics

Calumet College of St. Joseph (IN)

Shawn

Daley

Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

George Fox University (OR)

Michara Delaney-Fields

Michara

Delaney-Fields

Chief Diversity Officer

Stephen F. Austin State University (TX)

Nathan Evans

Nathan

Evans

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs

California State University

Nikki

Fennern

Executive Vice President

Judson University (IL)

Vitaliano B.

Figueroa Jr.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

DoVeanna Fulton

DoVeanna Sherie

Fulton

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Norfolk State University (VA)

Jeffery

Gates

Senior Vice President

Stetson University (FL)

Kamel Haddad

Kamel

Haddad

Dean, Natural and Health Sciences

University of Northern Colorado

Dionne B.

Jackson

Vice President for Institutional Equity

DePauw University (IN)

Angela

Joyner

Vice President for Economic Development and Corporate Education

Radford University (VA)

Monique

LaRocque

Senior Vice President of Learning and Programs/Chief Academic Officer

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Paula

Love

Vice President for Finance & Administration

Jarvis Christian University (TX)

Carissa

Massey

Provost

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Damara H.

Mitchell

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Voorhees University (SC)

William Moultrie

William R.

Moultrie

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success

Western Carolina University (NC)

Richard L.

Ogle

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“California State University, Stanislaus “

Jesse Pisors

Jesse

Pisors

Vice President for University Relations and Advancement

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Cynthia Polk-Johnson

Cynthia

Polk-Johnson

Vice President for Student Affairs

Tennessee Technological University

Daniel Prosterman

Daniel O.

Prosterman

Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA)

Michael

Salmeier

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Bluefield University (VA)

Karen

Soul

Provost

Centenary College of Louisiana

Undria

Stalling

Senior Vice President of Business and Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Morehouse College (GA)

David A.

Starrett

Executive Vice President and Provost

State University of New York at Fredonia

Traki L.

Taylor

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Frostburg State University (MD)

Eden

Wales Freedman

Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty

Colby-Sawyer College (NH)

Mike Westfall

Michael J.

Westfall

Vice President University Advancement

Oakland University (MI)

Manya Whitaker

Manya

Whitaker

Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff

Colorado College

Joe

Whitehead

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Bowling Green State University (OH)

Dannelle Whiteside

Dannelle

Whiteside

Vice President for Legal Affairs and Organizational Strategy

Austin Peay State University (TN)

Beth

Wolfe

Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management

University of Charleston (WV)

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Application Requirements

  • Currently serving in a cabinet-or other senior level position 
  • Endorsement from a president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator from your home institution 

Important Dates

  • The 2024 program will take place from June 2024 to June 2025
  • The deadline for applications and endorsements is February 11, 2024

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Becoming A Provost Academy

This yearlong program provides comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts.

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The BAPA cohort gathers at the 2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting.
The BAPA cohort gathers at the 2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting.

Prepare to lead as provost. 

The Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA) is a leadership program tailored to the distinctive needs of aspiring provosts (chief academic officers). Co-sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), this yearlong program provides comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts. BAPA also helps participants gain a better understanding of the broader context within which their own institutions operate and develop perspectives beyond their current position, division, and institution.  

Andrew Lawson poses a question to the group.

Who Should Participate

  • Experienced deans, assistant or associate provosts, and other academic affairs senior administrators who aspire to become a provost/chief academic officer 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts 
  • Professional Experience Plan (PEP), which assesses the strengths as well as the opportunities in the preparation of individual participants 
  • A strong and supportive network of peers and mentors. 
What to Expect

BAPA is a leadership development program to prepare experienced academic administrators for provost/vice president for academic affairs positions in public higher education.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions integrated throughout 
  • Mentoring and Executive Coaching 
  • Opportunity for real-time application and impact of tools and trainings via a Professional Experience Plan 
  • Strong relational component—commitment to create and support trust, encourage peer-to-peer learning, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort 
  • Comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts 
  • Participants will prepare a Professional Experience Plan (PEP) working with campus mentor.  

The 2024 BAPA will take place from July 2024 to July 2025. 

  • Nomination deadline: February 5, 2024 
  • Academic Affairs Summer Meeting (July 16-19, 2024, Denver, CO) 
  • Opening Seminar (July 19-20, 2024, Denver, CO) 
  • Virtual workshops (monthly, August 2024 – June 2025) 
  • Closing Seminar (July 2025) 

Programming will be delivered in a blended format, with in-person and virtual programming.
In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded.
One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.  

  • Applications that are complete, including an endorsement from a president/chancellor or provost, and submitted by February 5, 2024 will be considered.
  • AASCU and AALI staff review applications and select a cohort that reflects the diversity of AASCU institutions.
  • Admissions preference will be given to applicants currently employed at AASCU member institutions.
  • If space allows, consideration will be given to participants from institutions serving in other higher education sectors. 
  • Endorsement from the president/chancellor or provost from your home institution 
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae 
  • Clear and concise summary of your personal and professional development goals 
  • Commitment to 100% participation 

Seminars are led by a teaching faculty of AASCU provosts, AASCU presidents and chancellors, and other national subject matter experts.

The program fee for the 2024–2025 academic year is $4,050 per applicant. 

The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials, and registration to attend the AASCU 2024 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting. 

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation in Denver, CO. 

Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from qualifying institutions. Preference will be given to nominees from under-resourced institutions that otherwise would be unable to support a participant.  

AASCU Members
Testimonials

BAPA was a truly unique leadership program. It provided intensive training, development, and mentoring targeted toward preparing candidates to be an effective and successful provost at a state college or university. In addition, the network of BAPA alums is extensive and supportive. I highly recommend this outstanding leadership program.

Lynnette Zelezny

President
California State University, Bakersfield

BAPA is an exciting opportunity to explore university administration from a different angle. The speakers all generously gave their time, expertise, and insight! It was a great year that went too fast!

Brenda Nichols

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Lamar University (TX)

The BAPA program was an exhilarating opportunity for me to learn from seasoned provosts and develop new networks from colleagues within my class and among the alumni and facilitators. I found the one-year formal experiential plan, mentoring conference calls, and follow-up meetings during the AASCU conferences to be of tremendous value for me during my executive development journey in higher education.

Anita Borja Enriquez

Senior Vice President and Provost, Academic and Student Affairs
University of Guam

The BAPA program provides a blend of structured programming and customized experiences to ensure that participants have an excellent experience. The opportunities provided to me to visit peer institutions and learn from colleagues were invaluable to me. The generosity of facilitators and invited speakers in candidly sharing lessons learned was a much-appreciated gift for all of us who were part of the program.

Patricia L. Donat

Senior Vice President
Southern Association of College Schools Commission on Colleges

Hear from BAPA Alumnus Darrell Newton.

Hear from BAPA Alumnus Christie Shelton.

2023-2024 Cohort

Tabetha

Adkins

Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean, University College

West Chester University (PA)

Jennifer L.

Airey

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Academic Initiatives and Dean of the Graduate School

University of Tulsa (OK)

Harry Akoh

Harry

Akoh

Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Atlanta Metropolitan State College (GA)

Magdalena Barrera

Magdalena L.

Barrera

Vice Provost for Faculty Success

San José State University (CA)

Patrice Boyles

Patrice

Boyles

Dean, Continuing Education and Nontraditional Programs

Chicago State University (IL)

Moira

Casey

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Miami University Regionals (OH)

David

Chevalier

Associate Vice-President for Academics

East Georgia State College

Carol DeNysschen

Carol A.

DeNysschen

Chair and Professor, Department of Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics

State University of New York at Buffalo

Jane

Dong

Dean, School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

California State University, Bakersfield

Matthew

Fete

Dean, College of Health Sciences and Pharmacy

Chicago State University (IL)

Kevin

Gustafson

Dean of the Honors College

Northern Arizona University

Ann Hawkins

Ann R.

Hawkins

Assistant Provost for Graduate Education and Research

SUNY System Administration

Cinnamon Hillyard

Cinnamon

Hillyard

Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean for Student Success

University of Washington Bothell

Bethany D.

Hinga

Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Nebraska Kearney

Debra Jackson

Debra

Jackson

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Academic Programs

California State University, Bakersfield

Feng-Ling M.

Johnson

Dean of University College & Associate Vice President for Student Success

St. Cloud State University (MN)

Ok-Hee

Lee

Dean of the College of Education and Human Services

Minnesota State University Moorhead

James

Margetts

Dean of Essential Studies and the School of Liberal Arts

Chadron State College (NE)

Keva

Miller

Dean

University of Washington Tacoma

Khadijah Miller

Khadijah O.

Miller

Dean

Norfolk State University (VA)

Mark

Mossman

Associate Provost and Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

Western Illinois University

Brandi Newkirk-Turner

Brandi L.

Newkirk-Turner

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Jackson State University (MS)

Ursula

Payne

Interim Associate Provost

Slippery Rock University (PA)

Holley

Roberts

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of The Graduate School

Georgia College & State University

Sharleen

Santos-Bamba

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost

University of Guam

Aimee D.

Shouse

Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Faculty Affairs

Tarleton State University (TX)

Leesa

Thomas Banks

Department Chair

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Binod

Tiwari

Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects

California State University Fullerton

Vanessa K.

Valdés

Associate Provost for Community Engagement

The City College of New York

Kevin Van Winkle

Kevin

Van Winkle

Associate Dean of Adult Learning

Colorado State University Pueblo

Carmen N.

Veloria

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Central Connecticut State University

Amitra A

Wall

Associate Provost

State University of New York, Buffalo State

Darius

Watson

Executive Director of Academic Initiatives

Lincoln University of Missouri

Patricia

Williams Dockery

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Morgan State University (MD)

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Application Requirements

  • Experienced deans, assistant or associate provosts, and other academic affairs senior administrators who aspire to become a provost/chief academic officer  
  • Endorsement from the president/chancellor or provost from your home institution 

Important Dates

  • The 2024 program will take place starting July 2024–July 2025
  • The deadline for applications and endorsements is February 11, 2024 

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Past ELP Cohorts

Meet the alumni from recent Emerging Leaders Program cohorts.

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2022 ELP Cohort

Catherine

Adams

Interim Dean of Academic Planning and Advising

State University of New York at Geneseo

Kara C.

Adams

Director of Community Engagement & Connected Learning Initiatives

University of Washington Bothell

T. Itunu

Balogun

Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President

Kean University (NJ)

Elizabeth

Bowden

Career Consultant, Career Development Center

Athens State University (AL)

Kendra N.

Cadogan

Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

State University of New York at Oswego

Damian C.

Capritta

Director of Field Operations

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Andrew M.

Carnes

Associate Professor and Director, School of Economics, Management, and Project Management

Western Carolina University (NC)

Theresa

Castor

Professor of Communication; Faculty Director of Internships

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Cathi

Draper Rodriguez

Chair, Department of Education and Leadership; Professor, School Psychology Program

“California State University, East Bay”,California State University Monterey Bay

Mirari

Elcoro

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Philosophy; Coordinator, Faculty of Color Mentoring Program

Framingham State University (MA)

Fred J.

Figliano

Associate Dean, College of Education

Troy University (AL)

Shaunda

French-Collins

Interim Dean, School of Business, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences and Graduate Studies; Chair, Department of Communication, Music, Art, and Theatre

Chadron State College (NE)

Esther

Garza

President’s Faculty Fellow on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Associate Professor, Bilingual Education

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Julie S.

Glass

Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics

“California State University, East Bay”

Adriana

Gordillo

Professor and Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Trina L.

Gregory

Distance Education Student Support Services Coordinator/State Authorization Compliance Officer

Elizabeth City State University (NC)

Kathrine

Gutierrez

Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Advanced Education & Research Services, School of Education

University of Guam

Brittany

Helmbrecht

Associate Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Chadron State College (NE)

Dalia R.

Hernandez

Director, Upward Bound Program, Office of Pre-College Programs

“California State University, East Bay”,”California State University, San Bernardino”

Susana

Hernández

Associate Professor, Higher Education Administration and Leadership; Chair, Department of Educational Leadership

“California State University, East Bay”,”California State University, Fresno”

Mehruz

Kamal

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Computing Sciences

State University of New York at Brockport

Lolita L.

Kincade

Associate Professor and Chair, Human Development and Family Relations

State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

Deanna J.

Leone

Associate Dean, College of Communications

California State University Fullerton

Kelly Ferris

Lester

Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Director, Center for Faculty Development

University of Southern Mississippi

Katynka Z.

Martínez

Professor and Chair, Department of Latina/Latino Studies

San Francisco State University (CA)

Tatiana

Melendez-Rhodes

Associate Professor; Marriage and Family Therapy Program Coordinator

Central Connecticut State University

Kristine W.

Morris

Interim Assistant Dean, College of Nursing

Texas Woman’s University

Amy J.

Nielsen

Professor, Department of Special Education

University of Northern Iowa

Jennifer Teramoto

Pedrotti

Associate Dean for Diversity and Curriculum, College of Liberal Arts

“California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo”

Aneika

Simmons

Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Success

Sam Houston State University (TX)

James F.

Trotter Jr.

Assistant Director Academic Technologies and Innovation

“California State University, San Bernardino”

Gabriel

Warren

Dean of Business, Human Services and Industry

Century College (MN)

Nicole

Webb

Associate Dean, College of Health, Science, and Technology

University of Central Missouri

Megan R.

Wise de Valdez

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Biology, Department of Life Sciences

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Grace J.

Yoo

Professor, Asian American Studies Department; Director, Race, Empowerment and Justice Projects

San Francisco State University (CA)

Ruijun

Zhao

Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

“Minnesota State University, Mankato”

2021 ELP Cohort

Brian J.

Armstrong

Executive Director of Outreach Services

Texas Southern University

João

Barros

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Co-Director, Motor Behavior Laboratory

California State University Fullerton

Sandra Bozarth

Sandra

Bozarth

Interim Dean, University Libraries

California State University, Bakersfield

Jonathan

Chitiyo

Assistant Professor, Special Education, Director, First Year Seminar Program

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Nicola A.

Corbin

Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Weber State University (UT)

Mary Therese F.

Cruz

Associate Professor of Political Science, CHamoru Studies, and Micronesian Studies

University of Guam

Zenaida

Cruz

Clinical Coordinator of Counseling and Psychological Services

California State University, Fresno

Carol DeNysschen

Carol A.

DeNysschen

Chair and Professor, Department of Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics

State University of New York at Buffalo

Marko

Dumančić

Director, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning

Western Kentucky University

Craig A.

Elmore

Controller

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Augustine (Yaw)

Frimpong-Mansoh

Acting Chair and Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy

Northern Kentucky University

Erica N.

Hernandez

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Bowie State University (MD)

John C.

Hershberger

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Arkansas State University

Mariko

Izumi

Executive Director, Center for Experiential Learning and Career Design

Columbus State University (GA)

Lombuso S.

Khoza

Interim Director, Center for International Education

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Vanessa

Lopez-Littleton

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health, Human Services & Public Policy

California State University Monterey Bay

Yvonne M.

Luna

Chair and Professor, Department of Sociology

Northern Arizona University

Marcia

Millet

Chair and Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

Tennessee State University

Shahla

Nadem-Mollaei

Assistant Director, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Edward

Ofori

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chicago State University (IL)

Ajay Panicker

Ajay

Panicker

Interim Dean, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs

Metro State University (MN)

Philip J.

Parker

Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Rochelle D.

Plummer

Executive Director for Student Retention

Shippensburg State University (PA)

Darson

Rhodes

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Health Education

State University of New York at Brockport

Lina

Rincón

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Assistant Director, Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service

Framingham State University (MA)

John J.

Rivera

Associate Professor of Public Administration, Program Director, Master of Public Administration, Director, Regional Center for Public Policy

University of Guam

Aimee Kendall

Roundtree

Associate Dean of Research, College of Liberal Arts, Professor, Master of Arts in Technical Communication Program

Texas State University

Gitanjali G.

Shahani

Chair and Professor, Department of English

San Francisco State University (CA)

Karen R.

Sime

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

State University of New York at Oswego

Jessica Yirush

Stern

Associate Dean of Student Relations, College of Humanities & Social Sciences

California State University Fullerton

Gannon

Tagher

Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and First Year Experience

Northern Kentucky University

Ozalle M.

Toms

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Diversity, Engagement & Success, Associate Professor

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Kimberly Y.

Walker

Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Compliance and Academic Programs

University of South Carolina Upstate

Karen A.

Williams

Interim Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

City University of New York, York College

Varaxy

Yi

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Coordinator, Higher Education Administration and Leadership Program

California State University, Fresno

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Emerging Leaders Program

ELP is designed for academic and administrative professionals to gain a greater appreciation of the Academy and build the skillset and mindset to lead campus initiatives and advance to more senior leadership roles. Participants graduate with skills, connections, and support necessary to navigate the transition to higher administrative roles. 

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ELP is designed to prepare the next generation of higher education administrators to be effective leaders; to view every decision through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens; and to further their institutions’ path to equitable student success. 

ELP provides the opportunity for participants to assess their individual leadership style and strengths and to apply the skills learned in the instructional portion of the program to a project/initiative on their home campus over the course of the academic year. 

Gabriela Olivares-Cuhat poses a question to the group.
Gabriela Olivares-Cuhat poses a question to the group.

Who Should Participate

  • Academic and administrative professionals who are exploring opportunities to advance to higher-level administrative positions. 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of the academe and how they relate to each other. 
  • Develop critical skills for managing complex projects and leading institutional change. 
  • Build a strong and supportive network of peers and mentors. 
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by leading an on-campus project or initiative. 
What to Expect
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions integrated throughout 
  • Tailored to the distinctive needs of mid-career academic or administrative professionals exploring leadership roles at state colleges and universities 
  • Opportunity for real-time application and impact of tools and trainings via a campus project  
  • Strong relational component—commitment to create and support trust, encourage peer-to-peer learning, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort 
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of the academe and how they relate to each other.   
  • Develop critical skills for leading transformational institutional change.   
  • Build a strong and supportive network of peers and mentors.   
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by leading an on-campus project or initiative. 
  • Academic affairs
  • Budgeting, finance and administration
  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • Fundraising and alumni relations
  • Managing staff and faculty
  • Navigating the search process
  • National trends in higher education
  • Project management and change management
  • The role of government relations and advocacy
  • Title IX and campus accountability

Participants will lead a project or initiative at their home campuses over the course of the academic year, under the guidance of a designated mentor. The project will have an impact on the campus community and also align with the participant’s professional goals. Examples of university projects include the following:  

  • Chairing or co-chairing a division, university-wide committee, or task force that requires working with multiple constituencies 
  • Managing a project for a division or university strategic initiative 
  • Conducting a research project that investigates an important challenge the university faces and provides an opportunity for the participant to influence campus decision-makers using data 
  • Up to 12 interactive 60-to 120-minute interactive virtual sessions (May and August 2024–December 2024) 
  • An intensive in-person program at AASCU’s Washington, D.C. office (June 24–26, 2024) 
  • In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.
  • Applications that are complete, including a nomination/endorsement from a president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator, and submitted by the deadline will be considered.
  • ELP faculty review applications and select a cohort that reflects the diversity of AASCU institutions.
  • Preference is given to applicants from AASCU member institutions. 
  • A complete application for ELP includes the following: 
    • Nomination or endorsement from the president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator from your home institution 
    • Clear and concise summary of your personal and professional development goals 
    • Description of your campus project and how it supports your professional goals 
    • Commitment to 100% participation 
2024 Registration Fees
  • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $2,000 
  • Participants from non-member institutions: $3,000 
  • The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation in Washington, D.C.
  • Upon acceptance to ELP, participants must register no later than April 26, 2024.
Scholarships
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions.
Cancellation Fees
  • Cancellation requests received on or after May 1, 2024 are NOT eligible for a refund.
  • If you need to cancel after May 1, please email leadershipdevelopment@aascu.org to explore if you are eligible for a deferral to a different iteration of ELP or receive a credit toward a different program.
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Mark Joseph Ramirez chats with an ELP colleague.
Mark Joseph Ramirez chats with an ELP colleague.

ELP connects, equips, and empowers the next generation of higher education leaders.  

ELP has a high impact on the skillsets and mindsets of program participants and the curriculum effectively addresses top-of-mind issues for today’s emerging leaders at AASCU institutions. 

The Numbers

 

93%

Percentage of 2023 cohort members who reported feeling connected to colleagues at peer institutions at the end of ELP.

4.63 out of 5

Average rating of content, presentation, and speaker quality for all 2023 ELP programming.

33%

Increase in feeling equipped with the knowledge and relationships needed to pursue career goals from the start to the end of the program (2023 cohort).

The 2023 ELP cohort listens to a faculty presentation.
The 2023 ELP cohort listens to a faculty presentation.
The Stories

The Emerging Leaders Program afforded me the opportunity to not only learn, but engage and network with equity minded leaders. This program is truly intentional with developing methods of success for future leaders. I thoroughly enjoyed and am grateful to be able to have this experience.

Carlitta M. Moore

Arkansas State University Jonesboro
2023 ELP Cohort Member

“ELP is the most comprehensive leadership program to prepare one for opportunities and advancement in higher education. Sessions felt intentionally curated for our cohort and I ended the program with a confidence to advocate for myself and issues I would have otherwise not found. The intensity was perfect for the career level of our cohort and having a peer group and mentors helped keep my campus project alive.”

2022 ELP Cohort Member

Meet the 2023 Cohort
Jacqueline Bishop

Jacqueline

(Bruscella) Bishop

Associate Professor

State University of New York College at Oneonta

Mehrdad Aliasgari

Mehrdad

Aliasgari

Department Chair, Computer Engineering and Computer Science

California State University, Long Beach

Sophie T.

Ano

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Fort Hays State University (KS)

Irán

Barrera

Professor & Chair- Fresno State Department of Social Work Education

California State University, Fresno

Jerel Benton

Jerel

Benton

Associate Vice President for Student Success

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Ernest Black

Ernest

Black

Systemwide Director, CalStateTEACH

California State University

Maneka Deanna Brooks

Maneka Deanna

Brooks

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Educator Preparation, College of Education

Texas State University

Matthew Cooney

Matthew

Cooney

Associate Professor of Education; Director of the Interdisciplinary Leadership Doctoral Program

Governors State University (IL)

Amber

Darting

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Success

Central Washington University

Evin Deschamps

Evin

Deschamps

Assistant Director, Supplemental Instruction

Montclair State University (NJ)

Dorothy Frink

Dorothy

Frink

Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Indiana University Northwest

Amy Garrigan

Amy K.

Garrigan

Community Engagement Manager

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Kiran

George

Vice-Chair and Professor

California State University Fullerton

David Herman

David

Herman

Senior Facilities Director, Physical Plant Management

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Justin James

Justin M.

James

Development Officer; Presidential Leadership Fellow

Pennsylvania Western University

Danvy Le

Danvy

Le

Associate Professor

California State University, East Bay

Kristy Mardis

Kristy L

Mardis

Chair Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies

Chicago State University (IL)

Robin Ebert Mays

Robin Ebert

Mays

Associate Professor of English, Career Track; Chair of Resident Faculty Organization

Washington State University Tri-Cities

Anneke McEvoy

Anneke

McEvoy

Associate Director Triandiflou Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Transformative Practice

State University of New York at Oswego

Kevin Meaney

Kevin

Meaney

Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Carlitta Moore

Carlitta M.

Moore

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – College of Nursing and Health Professions; Clinical Education Coordinator/Assistant Professor – Master of Athletic Training Program

Arkansas State University Jonesboro

Aisha Moultry

Aisha Morris

Moultry

Interim Dean of the College of Transdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration

Texas Southern University

Sharon Obasi

Sharon N.

Obasi

Associate Professor & Director of Research Integrity

University of Nebraska Kearney

Gabriela

Olivares-Cuhat

Associate Dean of Research and Innovation

University of Northern Iowa

Jodie Parys

Jodie

Parys

Professor of Spanish and Director of Community-based Learning

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Kennybel Pena

Kennybel

Peña

Director of Student Support, Advisement and Scholarship

City University of New York, York College

Shelitha Peppers

Shelitha

Peppers

Assistant Dean

Harris-Stowe State University (MO)

Mark Joseph Ramirez

Mark Joseph

Ramirez

Associate Dean for Research and Outreach

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Neisha D.

Rhodes

Director of Presidential Initiatives

California State University, Stanislaus

Shani Robinson

Shani N.

Robinson

Associate Dean – College of Business Administration

Sam Houston State University (TX)

Jessie Thoman

Jessie

Thoman

Professor of Music

University of Tennessee at Martin

Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs

Kjersti

VanSlyke-Briggs

Professor

State University of New York College at Oneonta

Ben

Weikert

Department Chair

State University of New York Cobleskill

Erin

White

Associate Dean – College of Health, Science and Technology

Fayetteville State University (NC)

Patricia A.

Young

Chairperson & Professor

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Application Details

Application Requirements

  • Academic and administrative emerging leaders who are exploring opportunities to advance to higher-level administrative positions
  • Brief description of the campus project/initiative you will lead under the guidance of a designated mentor
  • Endorsement from a president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator from your home institution

Important Dates

  • The 2024 program will take place from June 2024 to December 2024
  • The deadline for applications and endorsements is February 11, 2024

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