Conferences and Leadership Development

AASCU creates professional development opportunities for member presidents and chancellors and their spouses and partners, along with complementary programs and services for the presidential leadership team and for women and racial/ethnic minorities who aspire to leadership roles. AASCU undertakes a systematic approach to fostering new leaders who will contribute to academic quality and educational innovation.
Upcoming Events
2020 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute (VIRTUAL) July 08, 2020 - November 13, 2020
Two webinars per month

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute will be a hybrid program consisting of an online and an in-person component. The online portion will include two conference calls and/or webinars per month from July–November 2020, and the in-person conference will take place January 8-11, 2021. 

The purpose of MLI is to prepare, enhance and advance the prospect for qualified candidates, who have progressed in their professional careers, to compete successfully, for positions of president or chancellor at universities or colleges, public or private. Read More >>
The Emerging Leaders Program (VIRTUAL) July 10, 2020 - October 28, 2020
One webinar per month

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed for early to mid-career professionals and faculty leaders who have an interest in and talent for higher education leadership. Therefore, the goal of ELP is to provide participants with an understanding of the various aspects of the academy and how they relate with each other. The first portion of the program, a 3½-day seminar, offers participants the opportunity to explore many facets of the academy; to engage in a national dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education; and to develop a network of colleagues from around the country. The program also includes completing a leadership self-assessment, development of a plan designed to help participants achieve their leadership goals and creation of an action plan to complete a project/initiative at their home campuses during the following academic year. The second portion is completing the project/initiative.  Read More >> 2020 New Presidents Academy Webinar Series October 05, 2020 - January 25, 2021
One webinar per month

Please contact Danita Young at for new details regarding the New Presidents Academy.

The Leadership Program for State College and University Presidents

The AASCU New Presidents Academy (NPA) is tailored to the distinctive needs of presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect 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.

AASCU 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting October 26, 2020 - October 28, 2020

With the theme Delivering America’s Promise of Equality and Social Justice “If Not Us, Then Who? If Not Now, Then When?” — John Lewis, the conference will focus on racial and social justice and on the importance of voting and civic engagement. The annual meeting will also examine promising practices for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and how to provide students with a quality education while keeping the campus community safe and navigating the new normal.

Ibram KendiWe are thrilled to announce Ibram X. Kendi as a featured speaker on Wednesday, October 28! Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author, professor of history and international studies, and the director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. His books include Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New York Times bestsellers How to Be an Antiracist and STAMPED: Racism, Antiracismand You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds. His newest book, Antiracist Baby, published on June 16. For more information on Kendi, please visit

Roker AL Headshot 100x140We’re also excited to share Al Roker, weather and feature anchor on NBC News' TODAY, will receivethis year's Distinguished Alumnus Award. Roker has been named Best Weatherman twice by New York Magazine. He is a recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s prestigious Seal of Approval and has been a pioneer in the use of computer graphics for weathercasting. Roker has won three Daytime Emmy Awards as part of TODAY’s recognition as the best morning newscast (2007, 2009, 2010). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from the State University of New York at Oswego and an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York.

We are thankful for your patience and support as we work to transform our canceled in-person annual meeting into a virtual event. 



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