The Emerging Leaders Program

ELP 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017 to Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Washington, D.C.

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed for early to mid-career professionals and faculty leaders who have an interest in and talent for higher education leadership and who want to advance their careers in administration.

About the Conference

Participants and Nomination Process

The program is limited to 25 candidates who have shown leadership potential and desire advancement to mid-level administrative positions.  Individuals must be nominated by the President/Chancellor or another cabinet-level administrator.

It is also important that attendees have the opportunity to utilize the knowledge obtained at the program when they return to their campus.  To that end, we ask that the nominator plan a future project/initiative which will require the attendee’s participation and be the attendee’s mentor for that duration of the project/initiative.

Nomination packages should be forwarded to AASCU, Attention Dr.  Ken Dobbins, by Tuesday, March 7, 2017.  The nomination package should contain the following:

  1. A nomination letter by the President/Chancellor or other cabinet-level member stating the nominee’s qualifications for the program; leadership strengths and areas for improvement; the potential for advancement; and the probable career opportunities.

  2. A description of the nominee’s participation plan for the project/initiative that has been planned by the nominator. It should include the significance of the project to the University and what professional development opportunities the nominee will receive by participating in the project/initiative. 

For more information, contact: 
Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, President Emeritus
Southeast Missouri State University


Danita Young
Project Director, Meetings Operations


The Emerging Leaders Academy begins Saturday, June 3 with a 7:15 a.m. breakfast and welcome and ends at the closing lunch Tuesday, June 6.  Participants are expected to participate in all sessions and attend all group meals.  Detailed schedule will be mailed upon acceptance.  

Apply and Nominate

    Click here for the application and nomination information.


The New Emerging Leaders program has convened an impressive faculty of presidents and chancellors, and experts who will discuss topics in the significant to the development of mid-level professionals in higher education.
Kenneth Dobbins, Coordinator, (AASCU) Emerging Leaders Academy  

Registration Information
The registration fee of $750 (AASCU member institutions and $1,250 for non-member institutions) includes all program costs, materials, and meals during the two and a half day program.  Participants are responsible for paying their own travel and hotel costs.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Program cancellations must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. EST, May 2, 2016 in order to receive a refund minus a $250 administrative processing fee that will be deducted.  Cancellations received after May 2 will incur a $500 administrative processing fee.  Cancellations received after May 9 will forfeit the entire registration fee.  Forward a notification of cancellation to Danita Young at or fax to (202) 478-5493.

Conference Mobile App
Participants will receive a link to download the conference mobile app prior to the meeting. The mobile app will include program materials, the list of participants, speakers, presentations, and all conference related information. 

Fees top

The registration fee is $750 for AASCU members and $1,250 for non-members. The fee includes program costs, materials and most meals during the 3-day program.  Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel costs.

Accommodations top

The Westin Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
2350 M Street, NW 
Washington, DC, 20037

The program begins on Saturday morning June 3 and ends after the closing luncheon on Tuesday, June 6.  As such, attendees should arrive at The Westin Georgetown by Friday evening for the opening session on Saturday, June 3 and depart on Tuesday afternoon, June 6.  Accommodations at The Westin Georgetown are required for all participants.  

Guests may reserve accommodations online at: 2017 AASCU Emerging Leaders Program (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
When calling The Westin Georgetown, mention that you are with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU’s Emerging Leaders Program) to be assured of the $249 group rate per night plus applicable taxes currently 14.5%.  To obtain this rate, please book your room by Friday, May 11, 2016.  Room reservations after May 11 will be on a space available basis and may be at a higher rate. Reservations must be canceled three days prior to scheduled arrival to avoid a penalty of one night’s room charge and tax.  (Before canceling, please call Danita Young at AASCU, (202) 478-4677, so another guest can be accommodated if there is a waiting list.)

Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. and checkout is at Noon.  

Dress Code - Business Casual

Airport Travel

Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Taxis from National Airport cost approximately $20-25. It takes 15 minutes to get to the hotel.

Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Taxis from Dulles International Airport cost approximately $60-$65. It takes between 45 minutes to an hour to get to the hotel.

Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI)
Taxis from Baltimore Washington Airport cost approximately $70. It takes between 1 hour and 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the hotel.

Hertz Rental Car

Call Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at 1-800-654-2240 and use the Hertz CV#011B0081 when making reservations. Discounted rates are from May 28 through June 13, 2017, subject to car availability. Reservations can also be made online using  Rates available from National, Dulles and Baltimore Airports and all Washington area locations.

At the time of reservation, meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and the best rate will apply.

Meeting rates include unlimited mileage and are subject to availability. Advance reservations are recommended, blackout dates may apply. Government surcharges, taxes, tax reimbursement, airport related fees, vehicle licensing fees and optional items, such as refueling or additional driver fees, are extra. Minimum rental age is 20 (age differential charge for 20-24 applies).  Standard rental conditions and qualifications apply.  Vehicles must be returned to the renting location.