2017 Summer Council of Presidents

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Friday, July 14, 2017 to Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

"Influencing the Public Agenda: The Public University President's Role"

AASCU institutions are characterized as Stewards of Place, defined as being engaged with the communities and regions they serve. But within this characterization a larger question arises: What is the role of a state college or university president in helping shape the public dialogue and working with their communities to respond to pressing social and civic issues.  

Weighing in on major societal issues is not without risk. Governing boards, key stakeholders, community supporters and others may hold polarizing viewpoints that put them at odds with the university president. The public purpose of public higher education is aligned with the idea that presidents should influence public dialogue. While challenging, this role represents an opportunity to demonstrate institutional values and value.  

The 2017 AASCU Summer Council of Presidents will offer participants the unique opportunity to properly frame the challenges and opportunities as they seek to influence the public agenda. It will explore how presidents and chancellors, working together, can affect positive change in controversial times.

The program will offer pertinent information, the opportunity to learn new skills and venues for peer-to-peer sharing.

About the Conference

AASCU’s Summer Council is the premier leadership event for the presidential audience.  Join AASCU colleagues at our annual summer retreat designed to help presidents, chancellors, spouses and partners enhance their professional development to better lead their institutions.

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

Registration fees cover participation in all sessions, breakfasts and breaks, the opening reception and dinner, the luncheon and program at the John F. Kennedy Library and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, as well as the evening reception at the Design and Media Center, Massachusetts College of Art  and Design (MASSART). 

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Health and Wellness Group Classes

It takes more than physical exercise to maintain good health.  We understand balance is the key to leading a healthy lifestyle.

In response to inquiries about health and wellness classes, we are pleased to offer yoga classes each morning starting at 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.  Details to follow.

Special Programs

Special programs offered in conjunction with the 2017 Summer Council require separate registration:

AASCU Women Presidents Program

Susan R MadsenUnique Issues for Women Presidents in Building and Leading Effective Teams  – July 14
Susan R. Madsen will return to facilitate this year’s pre-conference workshop for women presidents and chancellors. Dr. Madsen is Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Utah Valley University. This year Dr. Madsen will use her extensive background in leadership research with women in higher education, to examine some of the unique issues, challenges, and opportunities that women university and college presidents face in building and leading effective teams. Specific topics include:

  • The current status of women in the field, career paths (women president pipeline)
  • Work-life dynamics
  • Leadership styles and philosophies
  • Dynamics and interactions within and between genders
  • Preparing teams for change through strengthening skills related to giving and receiving feedback
  • Dealing with unconscious bias
  • Coaching team members toward increased creativity, adaptability, and authenticity

Dr. Madsen will encourage attendees to reflect on team development and to think toward the future while learning from the research on those who have come before. The program is designed to be interactive with ample opportunity to ask questions and share challenges and successes among colleagues.

Experienced Presidents Retreat (EPR)

Sustaining the Creative Presidency in Challenging Times  – July 14 - 15

EPR17 - flyer thumbAASCU’s retreat for experienced presidents is offered annually in conjunction with the Summer Council of Presidents as an enhanced opportunity for professional development.  The retreat allows participants to assess their accomplishments and their challenges as they plan for the next stage in their presidencies.  The program design includes guided reflection and small group discussions with experienced facilitators.  The theme of sustaining a creative presidency is woven throughout the discussions, and participants have an opportunity both to share with, and learn from their colleagues.  The retreat is two half-days (Friday afternoon and Saturday morning) and includes time for participants to complete both a candid personal assessment as well as a personal leadership action plan.

The program facilitators, Jessica S. Kozloff, president, Academic Search, Inc. and President Emerita, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and Howard Cohen, chancellor emeritus, Purdue University Calumet, are available for individual consultations on the afternoon following the retreat to help participants more fully develop action plans.  
Eligibility: presidents and chancellors appointed to their first presidency before July, 2013 (program is for those in office four years and more).  Enrollment limited to 15.

Sustaining the Vision: Second Year Presidents Workshop – July 14

This program is designed for presidents who, having completed their first or second year in the presidency, are no longer new in their positions but are not yet veterans.  You will have an opportunity to reflect on the progress you have made in your tenure as well as work through critical issues you are facing, in a safe environment with colleagues and trusted advisors.

Patricia Cormier, Executive Director and Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development and President Emerita, Longwood University (Va.) and Jolene Koester, Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development and President Emerita, California State University, Northridge, are experienced presidents and faculty in the AASCU New Presidents Academy.  They will lead this interactive workshop designed to reinforce successful strategies for maintaining focus on important priorities, supporting your leadership team, communicating effectively, and nurturing your base. Space is limited to ensure that all participants receive ample attention to individual issues and concerns.
Presidents and chancellors appointed to their first presidency between January 2015 and September 2016 are invited to participate.  Enrollment limited to 20.

 NOTE: Special programs are offered for an additional registration fee.

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Click image to download Presidents/Chancellors Final Program

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For Spouse/Partner schedule only, visit Spouse/Partner Summer Council website


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Registration Fees for the 2017 Summer Council of Presidents
(Includes all sessions, Saturday opening reception and dinner, Sunday and Monday lunches, breakfasts, receptions and breaks.)

Please click here to register for Summer Council

AASCU Member President/Chancellor $775
AASCU Member Spouse/Partner/Guest $275

“Registration is not complete until payment is received.  If payment is not received prior to arrival at the meeting, a check or credit card is required to complete the registration transaction.”

Special Program Fees

  • AASCU Women Presidents Program (Friday, July 14) - $95
  • Experienced Presidents Retreat (Friday and Saturday, July 14 - 15) - $325
  • Sustaining the Vision: Second Year Presidents Workshop (Friday, July 14) - $195

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a cancellation fee if received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Cancellations received prior to this will receive a full refund. Refunds will be issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion. Payments made online will be refunded back to the credit card; all other refunds will be issued via check.

Cancellation Fee – Member President/Chancellor: $150
Cancellation Fee – Member Spouse/Partner: $50

Please note, due to pre-program preparations, cancellations received after 5 p.m. EST on June 28, 2017, including no-shows,* are not eligible for refunds (including optional events.)

Failure to reconcile Summer Council final invoices precludes members from registering for future meetings.

*No-show is a registrant who does not attend the meeting and has not canceled in writing. No-shows are responsible for all registered meeting charges.

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The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue 
Boston, MA 02116 

The special conference rate is $274 for a single/double room plus 14.45% state and local taxes (current tax rate may change).
To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Reserve accommodations early, well before Thursday, June 15, 2017 when rooms are released.  After June 15, if accommodations are available, they will be at a higher rate.  Once AASCU’s conference rate rooms are filled, alternative overflow rooms will be listed on AASCU’s website.

Make hotel accommodations online at  - Westin Copley Place
Room type is not guaranteed since it is based upon availability at the time of your reservation.  

You can make reservations online if your stay is in the July 13 to 17 window of the room block.
However, if you wish to book before or after AASCU’s room block, prefer to upgrade your room type at a higher rate, or if your online reservation fails (rooms may be sold out on one of your preferred nights), please call the hotel reservations office for assistance 1-888-627-7216.

A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold the reservation and shall be applied to the first night of the reserved stay. The deposit is refundable if notice is received at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained. Should you fail to show up or notify the hotel of cancellation, the hotel may retain the deposit.

Early Departure Fee: An early departure fee of one night’s stay will apply if a Customer attendee checks out prior to the confirmed checkout date and without providing notice upon check in.

Indicate any disability-related requirements or special preferences when making your reservation. The Westin Copley Place reservations department will work to accommodate your requests.  

Check-in at the hotel is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at noon.  

Air Travel 

Boston Logan International Airport is a major airline hub located about 8 miles, and approximately 14-18 minutes northwest of The Westin Copley Place


Hertz Rental Car

Call Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at 1-800-654-2240 and use the Hertz CV#011B0080 when making reservations. Discounted rates are from July 8 through July 25, 2017, subject to car availability. Reservations can also be made online using www.hertz.com.  Rates available from all Boston, MA 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. 

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