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
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.

    2021 GRC Spring Webinar Series April 27, 2021 - April 29, 2021

    The Grants Resource Center’s (GRC) Spring 2021 Webinar Series highlights agencies and programs of interest to research administrators, faculty, and staff. The series will explore funding opportunities and updates from a variety of funders. Read More >> Intersectionality: Cultivating Understanding Instead of Discrimination April 27, 2021
    Webinar at 12 p.m. ET

    “Intersectionality draws attention to invisibilities that exist in feminism, in antiracism, in class politics, so obviously it takes a lot of work to consistently challenge ourselves to be attentive to aspects of power that we don't ourselves experience,” said Kimberlé Crenshaw, developer of intersectionality, in an interview with NewStatesman.

    Intersectionality can be used to create paths of understanding and conversation versus perpetuating discriminatory beliefs. The awareness that intersectionality calls for is important in understanding the impact of our individual role to “show up” in our professions, families, communities, and as presidential spouses/partners at universities and colleges.

    This webinar will provide an overview of intersectionality and how presidential spouses/partners can better understand their own individual intersectionality and the positioning of others, including marginalized groups, to be better equipped to do the critical work of educating and empowering students.

    Our own intersectionality can provide us with powerful insights. Likewise, we must be mindful of our own bias, perspectives, and perceptions that can be damaging to us and to others. Being willing to learn and evolve in this critical area will help to ensure that we individually, and collectively, have a true and productive path forward.

    This webinar is free for AASCU members.

    Learn more about AASCU’s Spouse/Partner Program.

    Register Online


    LaVette Burnette

    LaVette Burnette is an associate professor of media and communication in the Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts at Middle Georgia State University - Cochran Campus. Burnette teaches basic communication and culture courses, along with gender and media studies. Her research interests include critical pedological practices in the classroom, along with exploring cultural violence prevalence and prevention with the use of network circles for Black women and women of color within the academy. Burnette serves on multiple committees, such as chairing the Academic Affairs Committee, member of the Faculty Senate, Academic Policy committee, various search committees, and involvement with various student clubs.

    Andre Nicholson

    Andre Nicholson is an associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts in the School of Arts and Letters at Middle Georgia State University - Macon Campus. Nicholson has been with Middle Georgia State University for eight years and has taught more than 10 different courses during that time. He currently teaches journalism, public relations, and mass communication, while also serving as the student media coordinator. Nicholson offers his expertise and guidance to students who are interested in the field of journalism, for both print and broadcast. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Black Student Unification, which promotes diversity and awareness through student events around the university.


    Alison Nooks

    Alison Nooks is the proud presidential spouse of Kirk A. Nooks, president of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. Gordon is a part of the University System of Georgia (USG). Nooks is also the online academic program coordinator for the School of Arts & Letters and teaches media and communication for the Media, Culture and Arts Department at Middle Georgia State University (MGA) on the Macon Campus. Nooks joined MGA, also a USG institution, in August 2019. As the online academic program coordinator, she provides training and support for online teaching and works on a range of special projects. Nooks has more than 22 years of experience in higher education, with additional years working in government and industry. She also serves as the Affordable Learning Georgia Design Champion for MGA.

    Who Should Attend:

    • Presidential spouses/partners
    • AASCU Members
    Indian Student Mobility: Study Abroad Trends and Policy Updates May 11, 2021
    Webinar at 1 p.m. ET

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on the international education community in many ways. Thus, it has become increasingly crucial for AASCU institutions to monitor the state of education in other countries.

    Indian students are one of the largest international student groups on U.S. campuses, making it especially important for institutions to understand the state of education in India and these students’ experiences. 

    This webinar will highlight Indian students’ experiences and perspectives on studying abroad, in an effort to assist AASCU institutions’ preparations for these students as they return to U.S. campuses. The webinar will also answer the following questions:

    • What is the status of Indian student mobility?
    • Have there been changes regarding government policy related to study abroad for Indian students?
    • What support will the Indian government/embassy provide? 

    The webinar features Indian Embassy officials, who will introduce the New Education Policy 2020. The policy brings about several major reforms to education in India and will impact international higher education institutions globally.

    This webinar is free to AASCU members.

    Register Online


    Sohail Agboatwala

    Sohail Agboatwala, who has been with Troy University (Ala.) for 31 years, currently serves as the associate vice chancellor for international operations, overseeing the recruitment and admissions of international students at Troy University, providing oversight for International Student Services, the study abroad programs at Troy University, and the English as a Second Language operations at Troy University designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for the academic coursework and local culture. In addition to these, Agboatwala manages the logistical and partnership aspects of Troy University operations overseas, including sites in Malaysia and Vietnam. Prior to this appointment, Agboatwala served as the associate vice chancellor for student financial services, working in the Finance and Business Affairs Division.

    Don Betz

    Don Betz has enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education that spans more than 49 years, developing a reputation for collaborative leadership, team development, effective teaching and transformative learning. During that time, Betz has led three AASCU institutions as president/chancellor in Oklahoma and Wisconsin. His lifelong focus on international issues includes working for and with the United Nations and its affiliated non-government organizations. He sits on the International Association of University Presidents executive committee and serves as the USA coordinating chair. He has held multiple leadership roles in state, regional and national and international organizations, including as a member of AASCU’s American Democracy Project founding committee and chairing AASCU’s Committee on International Education.

    Anindita Halder

    After completing her postgraduate diploma in Marketing with Symbiosis, Anindita Halder started her career with Wipro Limited India. Following this, she moved to the Indian education sector in 2015, where she worked with Indian colleges such as the United World Institute of Design - Karnavati University. Her experience at ISDI as a senior marketing manager gave her an insight into student counseling for international education. In 2019, Halder was appointed as the international recruitment advisor at Sannam S4 Mumbai, supporting Troy University. Halder has played a vital role in creating brand awareness for Troy University in India and has led numerous recruitment initiatives in India. She is also responsible for creating a strong network for Troy amongst Indian high schools and colleges.

    Delia Heneghan

    Delia Heneghan is the director of education – India at Sannam S4. Heneghan brings 25 years of senior hands-on experience of higher education as an academic and specialist in international strategy and operations. This includes more than 15 years as a dean and director of international at a leading UK university with responsibility for the development and delivery of the internationalization strategy for the university, including student recruitment and partnership development. The role involved establishing international operations and opening and managing offices in key markets such as India and China. Following this, Heneghan added to her international experience spending time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as dean and founding principal of a women’s college of excellence, part of the KSA government program to expand educational opportunities for young Saudi women. Following this, Heneghan took on the role of pro vice-chancellor an American University in London in 2015.



    Daniel A. Wubah

    Daniel A. Wubah is the 15th president of Millersville University (Pa.). Previously, he was a senior-level administrator at Washington and Lee University (Va.), Virginia Tech, University of Florida, and James Madison University (Va.). He has been a dedicated professor, mentor, and scholar in the fields of microbiology and botany for more than three decades. In addition to his roles on campus, Wubah is very active in the community and beyond, serving on the boards of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. Wubah received a Bachelor of Science (honors) and Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, a Master of Science from the University of Akron (Ohio), and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

    Who Should Attend:

    • Senior International Officers
    • Provosts
    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. Read More >> AASCU 2021 Summer Council June 29, 2021 - June 30, 2021

    Reflect, Reboot, Recharge: Leading Resilient Institutions

    Join us for the virtual Summer Council meeting—open to presidents/chancellors, spouses/partners, and senior cabinet members.

    Summer Council has long been an AASCU tradition where campus leaders can come together to connect, strengthen our community, share successes and challenges, and focus on personal and professional development. This year, we will gather virtually, but AASCU’s commitment to create a dynamic, engaging, and relevant experience remains the same.

    The meeting will include a variety of professional development and networking opportunities:

    • Inspiring general sessions focused on resilience, courage, equity and student success, and hope
    • Engaging roundtables for participants to reflect, network, share best practices, and connect with thought leaders around topics such as faculty and staff burnout, enrollment and budgetary challenges, debates over civil discourse on our campuses, and the ongoing skepticism about the value of a college degree
    • Robust concurrent sessions focused on skill building in areas such as navigating change, leading transformational cabinets, and courageous leadership 
    • Numerous opportunities for you to meet one-on-one or in small groups with old friends or new colleagues to reflect, recharge, and reboot for the year ahead

    Our virtual format will allow participants to attend safely and at a lower cost. 
    The Summer Council is planned by the AASCU Committee for Professional Development with support from AASCU staff.


    2021 New Presidents Academy July 12, 2021 - October 18, 2021

    The Leadership Program for New State College and University Presidents and Chancellors Read More >>


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