2012 Summer Council of Presidents

2012 Summer Council

Saturday, July 14, 2012 to Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Eldorado Hotel • Santa Fe, New Mexico

Join AASCU colleagues at our annual summer retreat to explore topics related to presidential leadership organized around the theme of Reflection • Renewal • Reinvention

About the Conference

Summer Council attendance is limited to current presidents and chancellors of member institutions, family members and guests. Spouses/partners will join presidents and chancellors for major sessions and will also have opportunities to discuss their shared interests and roles.  

Special Programs

Special programs offered in conjunction with the 2012 Summer Council require separate registration: 

  1. Experienced Presidents’ Retreat – (July 13-14) $495
    Experienced Presidents Retreat 2012
    Offered in conjunction with the Summer Council as an enhanced opportunity for presidential professional development. Presidents and chancellors appointed by July 2008 are eligible to participate in this enhanced opportunity for presidential professional development. The retreat allows participants to assess their accomplishments and the challenges facing them as they lay the groundwork for the next stage of their presidencies.

  2. AASCU Women Presidents’ Program – (July 13) $75
    A day-long workshop featuring case study discussion of issues facing women presidents and chancellors. 
  3. New Spouses/Partners Forum - (Saturday morning, July 14)
    Spouses/Partners of Presidents and Chancellors appointed since July 2010 share experiences and questions around four topics (Role/Identity, Communication, Privacy and Relationships) in a session facilitated by spouse/partner members of AASCU. Please RSVP to Alex Wood.
  4. Workshop for Experienced Spouses/Partners (Saturday morning, July 14)
    Join facilitator Barbara McFarland, former presidential spouse at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and other experienced spouses/partners to dialogue about the need to reflect, renew, and reinvent ourselves as spouses/partners of university presidents and chancellors.
    Please RSVP to Alex Wood.

Schedule top

Fees top

Summer Council (July 14–17)—$595
Includes all meetings Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for presidents/chancellors, spouses/partners, other family members and personal guests.

Experienced Presidents’ Retreat (July 13-14)—$495
Presidents and chancellors appointed by July 2008 are eligible to participate in this enhanced opportunity for presidential professional development. The retreat allows participants to assess their accomplishments and the challenges facing them as they lay the groundwork for the next stage of their presidencies.

Woman Presidents and Chancellors Program (July 13)—$75
Women presidents and chancellors attending the Women Presidents Program on Friday, July 13 pay the $75 registration for either that one event alone or in addition to the Summer Council registration fee.

Youth Program Registration—$50
Young people, ages six years and older, are encouraged to participate. The program takes place Sunday and Monday morning.
Advance registration is required and parents must submit a release form before young people may participate.


Registration Information top

Please select among the two options below:

Register Online
NOTE: Please click this LOGIN HELP if you have trouble using the online registration form.

Register via the downloadable registration form, to be mailed or faxed in to AASCU Meetings attention to Kevin Finkelstein at (202) 478-5493.
Download Form (pdf)

Accommodations top


The Eldorado Hotel in downtown Santa Fe is steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Eldorado Hotel
309 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

AASCU is holding a block of rooms at the conference rate but since Santa Fe is such a popular destination, there is no guarantee that accommodations will be available until the June 21 cut off. Once AASCU’s rooms are taken, overflow alternatives will be listed on AASCU’s website.

Rooms are $239 for single or double occupancy, plus 15.1875% sales tax.

Reservations by phone: Call (800) 955-4455 and reference the American Association of State Colleges and Universities group rate.

Click here to reserve online

A first night deposit is required to confirm a reservation.

Disability Needs/Special Requests

Indicate any disability-related requirements or special preferences when making the reservation.
The Eldorado Hotel reservations department will try to accommodate requests.


Fly into Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), located roughly 67 miles, or about 60 to 70 minutes from the Eldorado Hotel.

Fly into Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF), located roughly 10 miles or 21 minutes from the hotel.

Airport Transfers

Sandia Shuttle Express offers one-way and round trip options for getting to and from Albuquerque International Sunport or Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

Shared van rates start at $27/person for one way, or $47/person round trip. Reservations can be secured with a credit card, and require at least 24 hours notice for cancelations. Reserve online at: http://www.sandiashuttle.com/ .

Car Rental

Hertz is offering discounted rates guaranteed from July 11 through July 20, subject to car availability, from Albuquerque International Sunport. Rentals may have airport fees, surcharges, and motor vehicle fees related to car rental, which are separate charges from tax. Call the Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at 800.654.2240 and mention the code Hertz CV# 011B0075 (All “0” are zeros). Hertz will provide the best rates available. Standard rental conditions and qualifications apply. Advanced reservations recommended.

Reserve online here.


Guests staying at the hotel are offered a discounted parking rate of $18/24 hours. Guests not staying on property can pay the daily rate of $11, subject to space availability.


Situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (the southern end of the Rockies), Santa Fe has a mild climate. The average temperature in July is 85 degrees and the dry, sunny days often end in afternoon thunderstorms. Sitting at 7,000 feet above sea level, Santa Fe is a high-altitude city with approximately 30% less oxygen than at sea level (which may cause dizziness, shortness of breath, fatigue and pulmonary reactions so consult your physician if you have conditions that may be affected by altitude.) Adapting to the thinner air can sometimes take a day or two. If coming from sea level, take it easy the first few days, drink extra water to stay hydrated and be aware that the altitude may amplify the effects of alcohol. Take precaution with sunscreen and appropriate attire to avoid sunburn.


Santa Fe is known for its relaxed yet sophisticated southwest attire. Resort casual attire—relaxed yet elegant--is appropriate. Attendees will want comfortable shoes to explore the city, a sun hat for protection and a jacket, sweater or shawl while in air-conditioned meeting rooms and enjoying the evening opera performance (outdoors).

Optional Activities top

Friday, July 13

Santa Fe Opera - Tosca
6:30 p.m. board coach for 8:30 p.m. curtain
$110 per person 

Please note that Tosca is currently sold out. To be placed on a wait list, please email Kevin. 

SC 2012 - Santa Fe Opera ToscaOnstage, the Ultimate Diva. Offstage, All Too Human.
Bewitched by her glamour and charisma, even the hated Baron Scarpia called her la divina. See why Puccini’s Tosca became the defining role for Bernhardt and Callas, and now the soprano Amanda Echalaz, whose performances as Tosca in London had European critics groping for superlatives. In her much-anticipated American debut in Santa Fe’s new production, she is joined by debut artist Andrew Richards as Tosca’s lover Cavaradossi. Thomas Hampson returns to Santa Fe after an absence of almost three decades. Raymond Aceto and Hampson share honors as the villainous Scarpia. Chief Conductor Frédéric Chaslin is on the podium.

Santa Fe’s open-air design affords opera goers the unique opportunity of watching both the show onstage and the show beyond the stage: the sunsets, rainstorms, the clouds and the nighttime sky.
Wraps or jackets for the evening and shoes suitable for walking are advised.


Saturday, July 14

Art and Soul of Canyon Road
1:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$49 per person

2012 SC - Canyon RoadA comfortable motor coach will transport participants to Canyon Road where a private guide will share insights into more than 100 art galleries and studios, unique specialty shops, world class restaurants and the historic adobe architecture that gives Santa Fe its legendary Southwestern charm. The afternoon is designed for all interests—the experienced collector or the novice just curious to wander and soak in the beauty of the art or just be satisfied to sit and sip a cold beverage at the oldest bar and restaurant in Santa Fe. Leaving the Art and Soul tour of Canyon Road, one will understand why Santa Fe is referred to as the “City Different.”

Opening Dinner Buffet
6:30 p.m.
$65 per person
Join colleagues for an evening of fellowship while enjoying a buffet inspired by the bright flavors of the Southwest.

Sunday, July 15

Historical Walking Tour
1:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
$22 per person

2012 SC - Historical Walking TourLeisurely stroll through more than 400 years of history, art and culture and view Santa Fe with the assistance of an expert guide. Explore the nearby city center, The Plaza; The Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building in the U.S.; and The Loretto Chapel with a breathtaking sanctuary and the “miraculous staircase.” Native American vendors sit under the long portal that fronts the Palace of the Governors and sell their wares. The guide will advise on etiquette in dealing with the certified artisans who draw daily lotteries to display and sell their remarkable works.

Behind Adobe Walls Private Homes Tour
1:30 pm – 5:45 p.m.
$95 per person

2012 SC - Casa de Vidrio House Tour
Guests on this special outing will experience a rare treat as they visit two of Santa Fe’s most spectacular homes and gardens, not accessible to the public. The homeowners will welcome us and guide us through their remarkable houses. The first stop is Casa de Vidrio, a residence that is the culmination of a dream of a perfect backdrop for a world-class studio art glass collection. A stunning marriage of architecture and art, the home honors the land and human creativity and enjoys vistas that span all the way to Colorado. The next home is a 400-year old, lovingly restored historic property that boasts museum quality Native American pottery, an extensive folk art collection and exquisite gardens. This tour is a one of a kind experience combining architecture, art collections and master gardens all framed by phenomenal natural beauty.

Monday, July 16

Community Service “Footprints Project”
Sponsored by AASCU Spouse/Partner Planning Committee
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This is an opportunity for participants to gain a different view of Santa Fe by engaging in a service-learning project in the local community. By doing so, AASCU will be leaving a “footprint,” and a lasting impression of its commitment to deliver America’s promise. It is our way to learn from and give back to the host community by helping with a community-identified need. Specific details will be available shortly but know that the time and talent you contribute to this community service-learning project will be an investment in improving lives of others and enjoying the benefits of volunteerism. 

Farewell Reception at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$40 per person

Georgia O’Keeffe MuseumBid farewell to colleagues at the only art museum in the world dedicated to an American woman artist of international stature and enjoy the bold and sweeping inspiration Georgia O’Keeffe’s work provokes. One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe expressed her creative perspective, “I have used these things to say, what is to me, the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.”

Tuesday, July 17

Weavings to Wood Carvings—Chimayo and Centinela (includes lunch)
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
$99 per person

2012 SC - Wood CarvingTake time for a special excursion 30 minutes north of Santa Fe to the tiny 17th century village of Chimayó, located in a fertile valley valley in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visit the Santuario de Chimayo, known as the Lourdes of the Southwest and learn stories of miraculous healing. The descendants of those early settlers are still expert in many traditions for which Chimayó became famous: high quality weaving, red chile, horse and sheep raising and fruit orchards. Hispanic and Tewa Indian arts and crafts are expertly created by the descendants of those early settlers. Then on to Centinela where seven generations of the Trujillo family have produced spectacular Spanish-style weavings. Centinela—known to have the finest weavings in the area—is a place not generally known to tourists. The tour includes a lunch designed to savor the true southwestern flavor of New Mexico at Rancho de Chimayo, an adobe farmhouse, now restaurant.


Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Contact Kevin Finkelstein by Friday, June 29 if plans change:
Fax: (202) 478-5493
Phone: (202) 478-4690

  • AASCU must receive cancellations in writing* by 5 p.m. EST Friday, June 29 for a full refund.
  • After June 29, a $125 cancellation fee will be charged and deducted from all refunds.
  • After July 6, AASCU is unable to issue refunds for cancellations or no-shows. (*Please email all cancellations to finkelsteink@aascu.org) 

Refunds for Optional Activities and Meal Functions
  • AASCU must guarantee optional meals and tours well in advance of the activity.
  • Attendees who have signed up have made a commitment and if cancelation occurs after June 29, AASCU may not be able to refund the charges.
  • AASCU will attempt to re-sell events canceled after June 29. However, if AASCU is unable to do so, attendees will still responsible for the event fee.
  • Online payments will be refunded back to the credit card used to pay. All other refunds will be processed via check. Please indicate to whom the refund check should be made out to when submitting a cancellation.
  • AASCU mails all refund checks within 45 days of returning from the Summer Council.