2016 New Presidents Academy

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Monday, July 25, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016
La Jolla, 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 2014.

For more information, contact:
Dorcas Colvin
Vice President, Leadership Development and Member Services
Phone: (202) 478-4644
Fax: (202) 296-5819

Testimonials - What Presidents are Saying..

“Incredible opportunity! The faculty were extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I felt that each member of the faculty was personally invested in each member of the class - that required intentionality, focus and thoughtfulness. I appreciated both the pre-reading & the extended reading opportunities post-conference. The personal follow-up post-conference is also a strong sign of the ongoing commitment to each of us.”  
- Tisa-Mason, Valley City State University

“I found the Academy to be an outstanding investment of time and energy. By the end of the four days I felt affirmed in what I had accomplished in my first year, but also daunted in the realization of what I needed to accomplish in my second year and beyond.  The faculty were excellent and I appreciated the real-life experiences they shared to illustrate points in their presentations. I sincerely, appreciated their advice and the collegial atmosphere they helped create during the Academy.”  
- George W. Hynd, Oakland University   

This is the best orientation I have experienced.  It was very well timed at the four (4) week mark in my position. The faculty members were very knowledgeable and experienced. Great reference materials and in-class exercises! I especially appreciate the opportunity to create and discuss a 500-day entry plan. I feel better prepared than before I attended NPA.
- Maria Thompson, Coppin State University
I would like to thank AASCU for providing this academy. The faculty was top notch. I feel confident that I have received the skills necessary to position my institution in a positive direction. I particularly appreciated the balance between nuts & bolts tips and big picture visioning.  
- Elaine C. Collins, Johnson State College, Vermont 
It is impossible to exaggerate how valuable this experience has been for me. It was very clear from the outset just how deeply committed the faculty are to assisting us in making the transition to the very challenging roles in which we now find ourselves.  I deeply appreciate the values that were embedded in all of the presentations and the atmosphere of trust and candor that was established. The process of developing an entry plan was particularly worthwhile.
- Tom Bowling, Frostburg State University 

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The New Presidents Academy begins with dinner on Monday, July 25 with an introduction and orientation, and ends at the closing dinner on the evening of Friday, July 29.  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
Virginia Schaefer Horvath, Presiden, 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
Kevin Rome, President,Lincoln University, Missouri
Steve Turner, President, Northeastern State University 

Conference Mobile App

Participants will receive a link to download the conference mobile app prior to the meeting. The mobile app 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

Estancia La Jolla Hotel
9700 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone:  (858) 550-1000 
Reserve online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/aascu2016

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

Room Rate

When calling Estancia, mention that you are with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU’s New Presidents Academy) to be assured of the $219 group rate, the $17 service fee per night plus applicable taxes.  
To obtain this rate, please book your room by Monday, July 1, 2016. Room reservations after July 1 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 Dorcas Colvin at AASCU, (202) 478-4644, so another guest can be accommodated if there is a waiting list.)

Dress Code
Business casual

Guests fly into the San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field (SAN) (16 miles or 25-30 minutes to Estancia).

Cloud 9 Shuttle 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.

Visit Cloud 9 Shuttle / Super Shuttle to reserve your transportation or call (800) 9-SHUTTLE (1-800-974-8885).

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

AASCU Resources

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

Contact for additional information on academy arrangements:
Danita Young
Meetings Program Manager
(202) 478-4677

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to Deborah Skelton at skeltond@aascu.org

Cancellations received prior to 5 p.m. EST, Friday, June 24, 2016 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after June 24 and prior to July 8 are subject to a cancellation fee of $300. Cancellations after July 8 and no-shows are not eligible for refunds. Refunds will be processed and issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion.


  • Deborah SkeltonAssistant to the Vice President for Membership Serviceskeltond@aascu.org(202) 478-4646

NPA is supported by generous funding from AALI