2017 New Presidents Academy

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Monday, July 31, 2017 to Friday, August 4, 2017
San Diego, California

THE Leadership Program for State College and University Presidents
The AASCU New Presidents Academy is tailored to the distinctive needs of presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet 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.

About the Conference

The program provides practical advice grounded in leadership research and complemented by the knowledge and experience of current and former AASCU presidents who serve as Academy faculty.

Topics include:

  • Strategic Visioning
  • Shaping the Organization
  • Managing Enrollment for Student Success
  • Financial Management
  • Case Studies
  • Interpretive Communication and much more...

AASCU's New Presidents Academy is the only program that offers new presidents executive coaching and mentoring throughout the first year to support continued learning and success.


The academy is open to first-time AASCU member presidents and chancellors appointed after September 2015.

For more information, contact:
Toyia Younger
Phone: (202) 478-4644

 Testimonials - What Presidents are Saying..

The NPA is extremely beneficial for new Presidents.  It provides a safe space for sharing goals, opportunities and challenges as one assumes the presidency.  The faculty are engaging and open to longer term mentoring relationships and they work together to create a collaborative learning space.  The work we do at AASCU institutions is vital to our nation and the NPA serves to renew and prepare us for leadership at our respective institutions and with the larger academy and AASCU.   
- Rex Fuller – Western Oregon University

This has been a deeply transformative and powerful experience.  It has been incredibly rich, informative, and humbling.
I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to reflect and be intentionally strategic in developing and implementing a campus vision and strategic plan.
It has been remarkable to meet and develop meaningful relationships with so many talented colleagues and experienced faculty presidents.  Heartfelt thanks!
- Ellen Junn – California State University, Stanislaus

I found the academy to be very well thought-out, addressing the key issues presidents need to be aware of as they take on their new role. The reading materials were insightful and complimentary to the presentations, and provided opportunity for reflection and thoughtful questioning.  The class was about the right size allowing for good interaction and collegial atmosphere. The instructors were approachable, informative, and motivating. Overall, the academy was time well spent and I would highly recommend it to others.  
- Rich Lapidus – Fitchburg State University

2016 NPA Class Photo

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2016 NPA Class Photo


The New Presidents Academy begins with dinner on Monday, July 31 with an introduction and orientation, and ends at the closing dinner on the evening of Friday, August 4.  Participants are expected to participate in all sessions and attend all group meals.  Detailed schedule will be mailed upon registration.  Faculty will be available for individual consultations following sessions at the end of each day.


Jolene Koester, Coordinator, New Presidents Academy, and President Emerita, California State University, Northridge
John Anderson, President, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Art Dunning, President, Albany State University
Virginia Schaefer Horvath, President, State University of New York at Fredonia
Muriel A. Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor, Washington State University Vancouver
Steve Turner, President, Northeastern State University

Conference Workbook Materials

Participants will receive a link to download the conference workbook and assignments prior to the meeting.  The online workbook will include program materials, the list of participants, speakers, presentations, and all conference related information.

Fees top

The registration fee of $3,450 includes academy program costs, materials and most meals during the four and a half day program.  Participants are responsible for paying their own travel and hotel costs.

Accommodations top

Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
Hotel website

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

Room Rate

$249 group rate, plus 10.5% room tax, 2.0% tourism tax and 0.4% CA tourism assessment.  To obtain this rate, please book your room by Monday, July 3, 2017.  Room reservations after July 3, 2017 will be on a space available basis and may be at a higher rate.  Reservations must be canceled three days prior to scheduled arrival to avoid a penalty of one night's room charge and tax.  (Before canceling, please call Danita Young at AASCU, (202) 478-4677, so another guest can be accommodated if there is a waiting list.)

Click Here to book the Rancho Bernardo Inn

Dress Code
Business casual

Guests fly into the San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field (SAN) (30-40 minutes to Rancho Bernardo Inn)

SuperShuttle van service is available at the Transportation Plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2 and curbside at the Commuter Terminal.

From Terminal 1, cross the sky bridge and take the escalators or the elevators to street level. From Terminal 2, use the pedestrian crosswalk located outside the Terminal 2 Baggage Claim Area to access the Transportation Plaza. A transportation coordinator will place you with the first available shuttle, unless you specify a particular shuttle company.
For passengers with disabilities, each shuttle for hire company is required by the airport to have within their fleet ADA compatible vehicles. Subcontracting for this type of service is permissible. Please contact the customer service representative for more information.

Super Shuttle to reserve your transportation call 1-800-974-8885.

Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. Follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas.

Hertz Rental Car

Call Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at 1-800-654-2240 and use the Hertz CV#011B0081 when making reservations. Discounted rates are from July 24 through August 11, 2017, subject to car availability. Reservations can also be made online using www.hertz.com.  Rates available from all Southern California area 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 may be returned to most Southern California locations.

AASCU Resources

Muriel A. Howard, President
Albert R. (Mickey) Howard, Spouse/Partner Program Liaison

Contact for additional information on academy arrangements:
Danita Young
Project Director, Meetings Operations
(202) 478-4677

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to Leslie Heath at heathl@aascu.org

Cancellations received prior to 5 p.m. EST, Friday, June 23, 2017 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after June 23 and prior to July 7 are subject to a cancellation fee of $300. Cancellations after July 7 and no-shows are not eligible for refunds. Refunds will be processed and issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion.


NPA is supported by generous funding from AALI