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    The AASCU New Presidents Academy
    is tailored to the distinctive needs of presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities. The Academy provides a unique opportunity to meet with state university peers in a learning environment that is supportive, engaging and tailored to the specific challenges that a first-time president is likely to face.

    The program provides practical advice grounded in leadership research and complemented by the knowledge and experience of the current and former AASCU presidents who serve as Academy faculty.

    Program Format and Content

    The New Presidents Academy is an intensive leadership development experience that begins with an orientation program and dinner on the first evening; includes four full day sessions with group meals; and ends with a closing dinner and transition ceremony on the final evening. Participants are expected to attend all sessions, including group meals. Members of the Academy faculty are engaged with participants throughout the week in both the formal and informal settings. The schedule includes time each afternoon for individual consultations with faculty by appointment.

    Topics include:  

    • Strategic Visioning
    • Shaping the Organization
    • Managing Enrollment for Student Success
    • Financial Management
    • Case Studies
    • Interpretive Communication and much more….

    This is the only presidential leadership program that offers executive coaching and mentoring throughout the first year to support continued learning and success.EligibilityFirst time Presidents and chancellors at AASCU member institutions within the first two years of service are eligible to enroll.

    For information on how to register for the Academy visit www.aascu.org/meetings/npa16/

    Testimonials: What Presidents are Saying

    This is the best orientation I have experienced.  It was very well timed at the four (4) week mark in my position. The faculty members were very knowledgeable and experienced. Great reference materials and in-class exercises! I especially appreciate the opportunity to create and discuss a 500-day entry plan. I feel better prepared than before I attended NPA.
    - Maria Thompson, Coppin State University
    I would like to thank AASCU for providing this academy. The faculty was top notch. I feel confident that I have received the skills necessary to position my institution in a positive direction. I particularly appreciated the balance between nuts & bolts tips and big picture visioning.  
    - Elaine C. Collins, Johnson State College, Vermont 
    It is impossible to exaggerate how valuable this experience has been for me. It was very clear from the outset just how deeply committed the faculty are to assisting us in making the transition to the very challenging roles in which we now find ourselves.  I deeply appreciate the values that were embedded in all of the presentations and the atmosphere of trust and candor that was established. The process of developing an entry plan was particularly worthwhile.
    - Tom Bowling, Frostburg State University 


    The registration fee of $3,450 includes academy program costs, materials and most meals during the four-and-a-half day program. Participants are responsible for paying their own travel and hotel costs.


    Muriel A. Howard   Jolene Koester    John Anderson
    Muriel A. Howard
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
    Jolene Koester
    President Emerita
    California State University, Northridge
    John Anderson
    Millersville University of Pennsylvania
     Virginia Horvath Emile Netzhammer  Kevin Rome
    Virginia Schaefer Horvath
    State University of New York at Fredonia
    Mel Netzhammer
    Washington State University Vancouver
    Kevin Rome
    Lincoln University, Missouri
    Steve Turner    
    Steve Turner
    Northeastern State University



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      The New Presidents Academy is supported by generous funding from the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). For more information visit www.americanali.org