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 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-EAB Virtual Symposium January 26, 2021 - January 27, 2021

Join AASCU and EAB for a two-part virtual symposium, “Public Higher Education in 2021: Challenges in the Moment and Opportunities for the Future.” It was built exclusively for presidents and their cabinet members about the current and future state of higher education in the midst of a global pandemic, nationwide economic recession, and historic social justice movement. Read More >> Managing the Stresses of COVID-19: How to Survive and Thrive During a Worldwide Pandemic January 26, 2021
Webinar at 12 p.m. ET

The lack of social interaction has become increasingly difficult for many as we navigate through the ongoing global pandemic. This webinar, sponsored by AASCU’s Spouse/Partner Program and featuring a dean from an AASCU institution, will encourage participants to be aware of potential signs of depression and other changes in their behavior as well as friends and family; understand the impactful purpose of a positive perspective for the future; and remain aware of the preventative efforts necessary to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. 

The webinar is free and open to all AASCU members. 


  • Tara Underwood, dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences, Middle Georgia State University
  • Alison Nooks, presidential spouse at Gordon State College (Ga.), (Moderator)

Please register on this page.

2021 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting February 04, 2021 - February 05, 2021

Walking the Talk: Leading the Equity-Centered University

As we begin the third decade of the 21st century, American higher education is at a crossroads. Will it stay on a path toward greater democratization? Or will it contract and become more inaccessible? Research tell us that more low-income, first-generation, and students of color are pursuing baccalaureate degrees than ever before. How can we be sure the playing field is level? 
The challenging events of 2020 emphasized the urgency for higher education to stay on the path of democratization, following through on our commitments to equity in every aspect of the enterprise. This includes the classroom and cabinet, policies and procedures, admission to graduation, and how we treat our employees and our students.  

Fostering University Climate Actions and Environmental Justice: Doing Well by Doing Good February 09, 2021
Webinar at 2 p.m. ET

Both the global pandemic and the climate crisis have had a disproportionate impact on communities of color who have experienced the weight of environmental and economic injustice. AASCU institutions, as stewards of place, can play an important role in advancing equitable solutions by placing climate actions and resilience in their core agendas.  

Join us for “Fostering University Climate Actions and Environmental Justice: Doing Well by Doing Good,” a webinar presented by AASCU’s Committee on Sustainable Development.

Three AASCU presidents will share their work in integrating climate action and sustainability plans into their overall campus strategic plans and prioritizing this work in the current environment. Webinar participants will learn about cost savings and diverse approaches to structuring and organizing this work, as well as resources available.    

The webinar is free to AASCU members.


  • Sue Henderson, president, New Jersey City University
  • Daniel Lemons, president, Lehman College, The City University of New York
  • Linda Schott, president, Southern Oregon University
  • Dianne F. Harrison, president emeritus, California State University, Northridge (Moderator) 

Who Should Attend 

  • Presidents
  • Chancellors 

2021 Higher Education Government Relations Conference February 12, 2021 - February 26, 2021

Higher Education and a Renewed American Compact
Student Technology Resource: Overview of Student Laptop Programs February 17, 2021
Webinar at 2 p.m. ET

The COVID-19 pandemic reconstituted teaching models, making it more vital than ever that students are set up with appropriate technology. 

About 80% of students and parents say that it would be beneficial if their college or university offered specific technology recommendations. Studies have shown that the more you set students up for success, the better the retention and graduation rates. This is even more crucial during the pandemic, which is affecting the most vulnerable student populations.

Milli Hoffman-Patrick, from AASCU member Indiana State University (ISU), will join a representative from Dell to discuss ISU’s experience using Dell’s Student Laptop Program and share takeaways from the implementation.

This webinar is free to AASCU members.

Please register on this page. The sharing of this information does not imply endorsement by AASCU.


  • Milli Hoffman-Patrick, resource manager, Indiana State University Office of Information Technology
  • Jesse Otts, strategic account manager, Dell University Student Computing Initiatives
Navigating Scholarship Opportunities in a Post-COVID-19 Landscape February 24, 2021
Webinar at 2 p.m. ET

Colleges are facing many challenges in wake of the COVID-19 crisis. During this session, we will review how campuses are navigating issues such as canceled test dates and implementing test-optional admission. We will also discuss scholarships, deadline changes, transfer student needs and importance, and the necessity to personalize recruitment with less travel and in-person events.

The webinar is free to AASCU members.

Please register on this page. The sharing of this information does not imply endorsement by AASCU.


  • Jim Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, University of Northern Iowa
  • Jay Murray, associate vice president of enrollment services, Western Connecticut State University
  • Jody Glassman, director of university admissions, Florida International University
2021 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute (VIRTUAL) March 24, 2021 - May 26, 2021
Two webinars per month

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2021 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 March–May 2021, and the in-person conference will tentatively be taking place June 3–7, 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.

Apply to the program:

2021 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting (VIRTUAL) June 02, 2021 - June 11, 2021

AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us for our annual conference in June, which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners. Together we will ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities—both public and private—prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.

View the call for proposals.



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