2014 New Presidents Academy

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Monday, July 28, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014
La Jolla, California

THE Leadership Program for State College and University Presidents
The AASCU New Presidents Academy is tailored to the distinctive needs of presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities. Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet with your 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.

About the Conference

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

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 program that offers new presidents executive coaching and mentoring throughout the first year to support continued learning and success.


The academy is open to first-time AASCU member presidents and chancellors appointed after September 2012.

For more information, contact:
Dorcas Colvin
Vice President, Leadership Development and Member Services
Phone: (202) 478-4644
Fax: (202) 296-5819

Testimonials - What Presidents are Saying..

“The New Presidents Academy was a terrific experience. It covered a wide range of topics and I feel more prepared to go back to my campus with the confidence needed to take on almost any challenge.”
James Schmidt, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

“The NPA group consists entirely of public regionals, so the subjects were more closely targeted to my needs. Congratulations to all of the faculty for your insightful presentations, your thoughtful advice and for helping each of us to recognize that we have common sets of challenges. I’m glad to become acquainted with a new group of friends from which I can draw support.”
Sue Henderson, New Jersey City University

“This Academy was excellent. Every single session taught me something useful. I will be a better president because of this experience. “
Willie J. Hagan, California State University Dominguez Hills

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The New Presidents Academy begins with dinner on Monday, July 28 with an introduction and orientation, and ends at the closing dinner on the evening of Friday, August 1. Participants are expected to participate in all sessions and attend all group meals. Detailed schedule will be mailed upon registration.
Faculty will be available for individual consultations following sessions at the end of each day.


Patricia Cormier, President Emerita, Longwood University (Va.)
Kenneth Dobbins, President, Southeast Missouri State University
Matthew S. Holland, President, Utah Valley University
Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU
Jolene Koester, President Emerita, California State University, Northridge
Keith T. Miller, President, Virginia State University
Steve Turner, President, Northeastern State University

Conference Mobile App

Participants will be able to download the conference mobile app to view program materials, the list of participants, speakers, presentations, and much more! The mobile app will reflect any changes that might occur before or during the meeting. Participants will receive a link to download the mobile app prior to the start of the meeting.

Fees top

The registration fee of $2,950 includes academy program costs, materials and meals during the four and a half day program. Participants are responsible for paying their own travel and hotel costs.

Registration Information top

Please select among the two options below:

The 2014 New Presidents Academy class is limited to twenty (20) participants; register early to secure your place. Registration ends June 20, 2014. After June 20, contact Dorcas Colvin at colvind@aascu.org to inquire about space availability.

Accepted forms of payment for registration

Register online and pay with credit card.

Or make check payable to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and mail to:

American Association of State Colleges and Universities
1307 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
c/o New Presidents Academy

Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Accommodations top

Estancia La Jolla Hotel
9700 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (877) 437-8262

Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon.

Room Rate

When calling Estancia, mention that you are with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU’s New Presidents Academy) to be assured of the $221 group rate which includes the $12 service fee per night plus applicable taxes. To obtain this rate, please book your room by Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Room reservations after July 1 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 Dorcas Colvin at AASCU, (202) 4678-4644, so another guest can be accommodated if there is a waiting list.)

Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 12 noon.

Attendees may also reserve accommodations online by clicking here.

Dress Code
Business casual

Guests fly into the San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field (SAN) (16 miles or 25-30 minutes to Estancia).

Cloud 9 Shuttle van service is available at the Transportation Plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2, and curbside at the Commuter Terminal.

From Terminal 1, cross the sky bridge and take the escalators or the elevators to street level. From Terminal 2, use the pedestrian crosswalk located outside the Terminal 2 Baggage Claim Area to access the Transportation Plaza. A transportation coordinator will place you with the first available shuttle, unless you specify a particular shuttle company.
For passengers with disabilities, each shuttle for hire company is required by the airport to have within their fleet ADA compatible vehicles. Subcontracting for this type of service is permissible. Please contact the customer service representative for more information.

Visit Cloud 9 Shuttle / Super Shuttle to reserve your transportation or call (800) 9-SHUTTLE (1-800-974-8885).

Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. Follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas.

Car Rental
For rental car reservations, call the Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at (800) 654-2240 or visit the site at www.hertz.com and provide Hertz code CV#011B0077.

AASCU Resources

Muriel A. Howard, President
Albert R. (Mickey) Howard, Spouse/Partner Program Liaison

Contact for additional information on academy arrangements:
Danita Young
Meetings Program Manager
(202) 478-4677

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to Deborah Skelton at skeltond@aascu.org or (202) 296-5819 or (202) 478-5493.

Cancellations received prior to 5 p.m. EST, Friday, June 27, 2014 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after June 27 and prior to July 8 are subject to a cancellation fee of $300. Cancellations after July 8 and no-shows are not eligible for refunds. Refunds will be processed and issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion.


  • Deborah SkeltonAssistant to the Vice President for Membership Serviceskeltond@aascu.org(202) 478-4646

NPA is supported by generous funding from AALI