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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/npa15/

    Testimonials: What Presidents are Saying

    “This week came at a very opportune time for me.  Being a non-traditional President, I benefitted from the faculty and student interaction.  I will definitely recommend the Academy to other new Presidents.”
    - Sean Burrage, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

    “The New Presidents Academy provided the foundation essential to my success as a first-time President.  I cannot imagine a more important investment in my future and the future of my university.  I will return to my campus prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
    - Anne Blackhurst, Minnesota State University Moorhead

    “The AASCU New Presidents Academy served as an awesome, detailed, thorough check-up that allowed me to assess my 10-month presidency.  I came away with reassurance that I was well-prepared and came away with new and additional tools and skills for my toolbox.  I feel very prepared and excited and will return to my institution with renewed energy, focus and knowledge.”  
    - William Bynum, Mississippi Valley State University

    “Comprehensive, professional and very helpful.  This Academy experience will guide me in my chancellorship for many years to come.  Relaxed, yet incredibly well-focused, the Academy brings a diverse, yet gifted group of new presidents to a place where we can discuss and plan our professional futures.”
    Ray Wallace, Indiana University Southeast


    The registration fee of $2,950 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   Keith Miller
    Muriel A. Howard
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
    Jolene Koester
    President Emerita
    California State University, Northridge
    Keith T. Miller
    Former President
    Virginia State University; 

    President Emeritus
    Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

     Steve Turner John Anderson David Berst
    Steve Turner
    Northeastern State University
    John Anderson
    Millersville University of Pennsylvania
    S. David Berst
    Vice President
    Division I, NCAA



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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