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Past SSI Cohorts

Meet the alumni from recent Student Success Institute cohorts.

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2022 SSI Cohort

Mark

Byrnes

Provost and Professor of Political Science

Middle Tennessee State University

Matt

Cecil

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Northern Kentucky University

Maria L.

Cronley

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Austin Peay State University (TN)

Tammy K.

Evetovich

Interim Chancellor

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Jeffrey K.

Gibson

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs / Interim President

East Central University (OK)

Chaudron

Gille

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of North Georgia

Amy

Gort

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Metropolitan State University (MN)

Vernon B.

Harper Jr.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“California State University, Bakersfield”

John Hoffman

John L.

Hoffman

President

Bemidji State University (MN)

Ruth Ray

Jackson

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Langston University (OK)

Sharon Andrea

Jones

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Washington Bothell

Katherine

Kantardjieff

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University Monterey Bay

Jim

Mayrose

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“State University of New York, Buffalo State”

Darcy

Medica

Director of Academic Affairs

Pennsylvania State University Schuylkill Campus

Alisa L.

Mosley

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jackson State University (MS)

Cheryl L.

Nixon

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Fort Lewis College

Duncan

Quarless

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York College at Old Westbury

Kelly A.

Ryan

Interim Chancellor

Indiana University Southeast

David A.

Starrett

Executive Vice President and Provost

State University of New York at Fredonia

Lance E.

Tatum

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,

Troy University (AL)

Daren

Timmons

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of South Carolina Aiken

2021 SSI Cohort

Mohamed

Abdelrahman

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Steven

Berberich

Provost and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Bette

Bergeron

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York College at Potsdam

Deborah

Bordelon

Provost and Executive Vice President

Columbus State University (GA)

Kent

Buchanan

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Adams State University (CO)

Heather

Coltman

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

James Madison University (VA)

Scott R.

Furlong

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York at Oswego

Tamara

Jhashi

Senior Vice President and Provost

New Jersey City University

Ravi

Krovi

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Weber State University (UT)

Kathleen

McAteer

Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Washington State University Tri-Cities

Nancy S.

Niemi

President

Framingham State University (MA)

Peter O.

Nwosu

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success

City University of New York Lehman College

J. Michael

Parrish

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs / Provost

“City College of New York, College of Staten Island”

Clarenda

Phillips

Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Stacey

Robertson

President

Widener University (PA)

Leslie K.

Roundtree

Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Chicago State University (IL)

Christie

Shelton

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jacksonville State University (AL)

Kathie

Stromile Golden

Provost / Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mississippi Valley State University

Maria

Woodside-Oriakhi

Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of The Bahamas

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Student Success Institute

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives. SSI will help individuals lead and implement transformational change necessary to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse student body.

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Prepare to lead transformational institutional change for student success. 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) provides the most current and relevant expertise on promising practices in student success, leadership, data and assessment, teaching and learning, and equity. Throughout the program, fellows have the opportunity to build a strong and supportive network of peers, learn from leading experts in the field, and develop a core set of critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. A key feature of the program is structured time and space to reflect on and advance one’s own student success plan with a small group of peers.

Who Should Participate

  • Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs with more than one year in their role 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Learn from leading experts in the field. Program speakers will include sitting presidents and experienced provosts, as well as national experts in areas such as leadership, student success, and data utilization.  
  • Develop critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. Fellows will learn about key leadership skills and have opportunities to practically apply them to their work via a student success plan. 
  • Build a strong and supportive network of peers. Throughout the program, there will be multiple opportunities for fellows to work together, in small groups and one-to-one settings, developing a group of trusted colleagues who can be called upon after the program is over.  
  • Have opportunities for reflection. Through guided discussions, short reflection prompts, small group discussions, and other activities, fellows will have valuable time to engage in thoughtful reflection about their own assumptions and practices. 
  • Build a portfolio of source material. Throughout the program, fellows will be given space and structure to collect and organize curricular materials to share at their institutions or to keep as reference following the conclusion of the program. 
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  • Student success is a key contributor to a more equitable society. Studies have shown that student success in college can increase economic mobility, reshape opportunities, and transform the lives of both students and their families.
  • There is empirical evidence that changing institutional practices and policies can increase student success outcomes and narrow achievement and opportunity gaps among all students.
  • Provosts are critical agents of the president or chancellor in transforming their institutions to achieve greater student outcomes.
  • Provosts are charged with overseeing the academic enterprise of an institution, while also building and managing effective relationships with their student affairs counterparts.
  • Academic and Student Affairs leaders are critical agents of the president or chancellor in transforming their institutions to achieve greater student outcomes.

Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs who participate in the SSI will:

  • be able to assess and develop their leadership styles to more effectively drive positive change at their institutions. 
  • deepen their understanding of student success practices and further develop their skills to effectively implement promising practices. 
  • understand the specific roles data play and how to leverage data to increase and accelerate student success initiatives at their institutions. 
  • understand and be able to articulate the critical role of teaching and learning and supporting faculty development for equitable student success. 
  • critically reflect on their own implicit biases and build their skills to become equity conscious leaders. 

The 2023 SSI will take place from February 2023 to July 2023.

Programming will be delivered in a blended format, with in-person and virtual programming. Virtual programming will take place on select Fridays (exact dates TBD) between 2 and 4 p.m. ET. Workshops will be two hours in length and small group discussions will be one hour in length. In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.  

  • Program Onboarding (virtual): January 2023 
  • In-Person Meeting (Washington, D.C.): February 2023 
  • Virtual Workshops: March, April, and June 2023 
  • Virtual Small Group Discussions: March, April, and June 2023 
  • Closing gathering scheduled in conjunction with the AASCU 2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting (Baltimore, MD): July 18 and 19 2023 

Dates for future SSI cohorts are to be announced. 

In addition to the above meetings, all SSI participants will apply their learnings to a self-directed student success plan. 

  • Leadership 
  • Student Success 
  • Equity 
  • Data 
  • Teaching and Learning 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the  needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives.  Participants include provosts, vice presidents of student affairs and others driving student success initiatives.  Participants must have at least one year in their current role.  

All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available. Multiple participants working from the same institution are encouraged to participate together as they will work together to develop or refine the campus student success plan.

  • No formal application is required. Upon registration, participants will be asked to share their leadership and student success goals.
2023 Registration Fees
  • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $3,500
  • Participants from non-member institutions: $4,500 (admitted if space allows)
  • The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensives, and all materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. 
Scholarships
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions.
Testimonial

Participating in the SSI and having the opportunity to engage in such transformational discussions related to my leadership role at my university was an absolute pleasure. I found the subjects to be innovative, forward-thinking, and of extreme relevance to my work as the CAO. This initiative proved to be extremely valuable as I was able to expand my network and learn from the experiences of so many experts.

Maria Woodside-Oriakhi

Vice President of Academic Affairs
The University of The Bahamas

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Application Details

The registration period for SSI is now closed. Registration for future SSI cohorts will be announced. All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Eligible nonmembers will be allowed to register if space is available. 

Application Requirements

  • Provost, associate/vice provost, or vice president for student affairs with at least one year of experience 
  • committed to advancing significantly better and more equitable outcomes for your students 

Important Dates

  • Applications for 2024 will open in Fall 2023.

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AASCU Spouse/Partner Program 

The Spouse/Partner Program recognizes the important role of presidential spouses/partners and provides leadership development, networking, and skill-building opportunities to those serving in these critical positions.

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Julie Virjee and Darlene Repollet at 2022 Annual Conference.
Rachel Frick-Cardelle and Darlene Repollet at 2022 Annual Conference.

Leadership through a different lens.  

The role and expectations of a presidential spouse or partner may vary by region, institution, and personal preference. But some factors are common, such as your desire to support your spouse or partner. The Spouse/Program is designed to inform and foster an understanding of what you’ll need to thrive in the university environment, the surrounding community, and in your personal life.  

Who should participate?

  • Presidential spouses/partners  

How will you benefit?

  • Networking opportunities 
  • Professional development  
  • A community of support from fellow spouses/partners 
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A community of support.

The AASCU Spouse/Partner Program provides networking opportunities, professional development, and guidance, all tailored to the unique needs of presidential spouses and partners.  

Program offerings include conferences, symposiums, webinars, and brown bag sessions. They are delivered in a confidential, supportive, and comfortable setting that enables presidential spouses and partners to discuss shared journeys, challenges and wins.

The AASCU Annual Conference includes programming designed specifically for spouses/partners. Presidential spouses/partners network with colleagues and learn how they are balancing the many and varied responsibilities of their roles.  

Sessions may focus on: 

  • The Spouse/Partner Role in Fund and Friend-raising 
  • Ideas for Campus and Community Engagement 
  • Managing Expectations 
  • The Varying Roles of Spouses/Partners 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • Topical Roundtables 
  • Navigating Legislative Matters  
  • Crisis Management 
  • Brand Management and Communication Tools 
  • Time Management/Creating and Maintaining Relationships 
  • Recognizing and Handling Challenges  
Testimonials

“AASCU’s Spouse/Partner Program is truly unique and is an inspiring professional development space for presidential spouses. We work hard to provide a meaningful, supportive space for all of our dynamic spouses and partners to flourish. We do this through developing timely and relevant training and programming by subject matter experts. More importantly, we create spaces where caring connection and conversations can take place. These connections are so important and serve as a constant reminder that each of us are a part of a thoughtful community of leaders who are committed to enriching the lives of our students at our various institutions.” 

Alison N. Nooks, MBA, MA

Director of Graduate Career Management Services
Gordon State College (GA)
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Past NPA Cohorts

Meet the alumni from recent New Presidents Academy cohorts.

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2022 NPA Cohort

Ericke Cage

Ericke S.

Cage

President

West Virginia State University

Bret

Danilowicz

President

Radford University (VA)

Wendell

Godwin

President

East Central University (OK)

Janet

Gooch

Chancellor

University of Illinois Springfield

Bo

Hannaford

President

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Adreain

Henry

President

Mercy College of Health Sciences (IA)

J. Carlos

Hernandez

President

Sul Ross State University (TX)

John Hoffman

John L.

Hoffman

President

Bemidji State University (MN)

Sheila Edwards

Lange

Chancellor

University of Washington Tacoma

Ming-Tung “Mike”

Lee

Interim President

Sonoma State University (CA)

Carolyn Lepre

Carolyn Ringer

Lepre

President

Salisbury University (MD)

Michelle

Malott

Interim Chancellor

Indiana University East

Steven

Mauro

President

“State University of New York, Alfred State College of Technology”

Shari G.

McMahan

President

Eastern Washington University

James T.

Minor

Chancellor

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Nancy S.

Niemi

President

Framingham State University (MA)

Milagros “Milly”

Peña

President

Purchase College, State University of New York

Stephen

Perez

Interim President

San José State University (CA)

Vanya

Quiñones

President

California State University Monterey Bay

Stacey

Robertson

President

Widener University (PA)

Kelly A.

Ryan

Interim Chancellor

Indiana University Southeast

David

Schecter

President

East Georgia State College

Todd

Shields

Chancellor

Arkansas State University Jonesboro

Aswani

Volety

Chancellor

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Lisa

Vollendorf

President

“State University of New York, Empire State College”

Darrell P.

Wheeler

President

State University of New York at New Paltz

Daniel K.

Wims

President

Alabama A&M University

Richard

Yao

President

California State University Channel Islands

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New Presidents Academy

Join state university peers to prepare for the specific challenges first-time presidents and chancellors are likely to face. 

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Dr. Garcia addresses the 2022 NPA cohort.
Dr. Garcia addresses the 2022 NPA cohort.
NPA class of 2022.
NPA class of 2022.

The leadership program for new state college and university presidents and chancellors.

NPA is tailored to the distinctive needs of new presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities.  

Who Should Participate

  • The 2023 academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member presidents and chancellors appointed after July 2022. Exceptions may be made for presidents who began prior to July 2022 if space permits. 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to presidents
  • Build a strong and supportive network of new and seasoned presidents
  • Acquire core knowledge and learn strategies that will help you succeed as a new president or chancellor 
  • Strengthen your leadership skills 
  • Assess and reflect on your leadership strengths and define areas for growth 
  • Engage in a mentoring partnership with an experienced president.  
  • Connect with a diverse faculty of experienced presidents, chancellors, and experts in advancement, communications, governance, and financial management
What to Expect
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions will be integrated throughout the program 
  • Dialogues about AASCU institutions’ commitment to access and student success outcomes will be included throughout 
  • We are committed to creating a supportive, engaging, and customized learning environment built on trust, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort 
  • Program content is reevaluated each year to ensure we are meeting the needs of current presidents and chancellors and covering topics critical to the current context of higher education leadership 
  • Support new presidents with a practical orientation to the presidency.  
  • Create a community of support for new presidents to include peers and experienced (current and retired) presidents. The NPA network is an invaluable resource for presidents throughout their careers 
  • Explore the president’s multiple roles  
  • Assess current state of university including the effectiveness of the senior team
  • Role of the president  
  • Crisis management 
  • Equity-minded, student-centered leadership 
  • Fundraising  
  • Strategic planning  
  • Advocacy, government relations and advancement 
  • Building and engaging your leadership team
  • Financial management 

The 2023 NPA will take place from July to December 2023. 

 The program will feature:   

  • Four-day, in-person gathering (July 25-29, 2023 at the Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, California) 
  • Monthly two-hour, interactive cohort gatherings held over four months (August, September, October, November) 
  • Half-day in-person gathering (November 5, 2023 at the Fairmont Chicago, Illinois)  
  • Optional small group reflection and discussion sessions regarding each participant’s leadership challenge
  • Asynchronous learning modules (pre-reads) 
  • Formal mentoring with NPA faculty and current and retired AASCU presidents and chancellors 
  • Access to AASCU (phone a friend) resource list of AASCU presidents and chancellors 

The in-person gathering for the 2024 NPA will be July 24-27, 2024, at the Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, CA. 

  • The 2023 academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member presidents and chancellors appointed after July 2022.
  • Exceptions may be made for presidents who began prior to July 2022 if space permits.
  • All eligible members will be admitted as space allows.
  • Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available. 

No formal application is required. 

2023 Registration opens in April.

2023 Registration Fees
  • Presidents/Chancellors from AASCU member institutions: $4,500
  • Presidents/Chancellors from non-member institutions: $5,500 
  • The registration fee covers the virtual program, materials, and meals for 4.5days, in-person gathering. 
Scholarships
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellation requests received on or after June 1, 2023 are NOT eligible for a refund.
  • If you need to cancel after May 1, please email leadershipdevelopment@aascu.org to explore if you are eligible for a deferral to a different iteration of NPA or receive a credit toward a different program.
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Meet the 2023 NPA faculty.

ELP has convened an impressive faculty of current and former presidents, chancellors, cabinet-level administrators, and national subject matter experts. 

Testimonials

NPA is an absolute must for all new college and university presidents. The depth of knowledge of the faculty and laser focus on mission critical best practices for success are extremely valuable. The intentionality and rich diversity of the NPA faculty and cohort members also speaks volumes about AASCU’s preeminent role in shaping the future of higher education.

Ericke Cage

President
West Virginia State University

Absolutely amazing. The right experience at the right time. I can see tangible ways that this is going to help me accelerate my transition, listen more deeply, and advance the work among a network of equity-minded colleagues.

John Hoffman

President
Bemidji State University (MN) and Northwest Technical College (MN)

The New Presidents Academy is a space and an experience that cannot be replicated at any other organization. You have individuals at a unique time of their lives, from unique institutions, all with a similar goal assembled by a unique organization. Cannot imagine not having been part of the NPA.

New Presidents Academy 2021 participant

I am overwhelmed and full from my NPA experience!! The ability to share and be with my NPA classmates is priceless and so so meaningful. Our in person experience was well planned and safe. Every session helped me reflect and think about my presidency from a different perspective.

New Presidents Academy 2021 participant

Meet the 2022 Cohort
Ericke Cage

Ericke S.

Cage

President

West Virginia State University

Bret

Danilowicz

President

Radford University (VA)

Wendell

Godwin

President

East Central University (OK)

Janet

Gooch

Chancellor

University of Illinois Springfield

Bo

Hannaford

President

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Adreain

Henry

President

Mercy College of Health Sciences (IA)

J. Carlos

Hernandez

President

Sul Ross State University (TX)

John Hoffman

John L.

Hoffman

President

Bemidji State University (MN)

Sheila Edwards

Lange

Chancellor

University of Washington Tacoma

Ming-Tung “Mike”

Lee

Interim President

Sonoma State University (CA)

Carolyn Lepre

Carolyn Ringer

Lepre

President

Salisbury University (MD)

Michelle

Malott

Interim Chancellor

Indiana University East

Steven

Mauro

President

“State University of New York, Alfred State College of Technology”

Shari G.

McMahan

President

Eastern Washington University

James T.

Minor

Chancellor

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Nancy S.

Niemi

President

Framingham State University (MA)

Milagros “Milly”

Peña

President

Purchase College, State University of New York

Stephen

Perez

Interim President

San José State University (CA)

Vanya

Quiñones

President

California State University Monterey Bay

Stacey

Robertson

President

Widener University (PA)

Kelly A.

Ryan

Interim Chancellor

Indiana University Southeast

David

Schecter

President

East Georgia State College

Todd

Shields

Chancellor

Arkansas State University Jonesboro

Aswani

Volety

Chancellor

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Lisa

Vollendorf

President

“State University of New York, Empire State College”

Darrell P.

Wheeler

President

State University of New York at New Paltz

Daniel K.

Wims

President

Alabama A&M University

Richard

Yao

President

California State University Channel Islands

Our Partners

Application Details

The 2023 academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member presidents and chancellors appointed after July 2022. Exceptions may be made for presidents who began prior to July 2022 if space permits. All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available. 

Application Requirements

  • No application required 

Important Dates

  • Registration for 2023 NPA will open in Spring 2023. 

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Past ANP Cohorts

Meet the alumni from recent Academy for New Provosts cohorts.

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2022 ANP Cohort

Rondall Allen

Rondall E.

Allen

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Joanne

Ardovini

Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Gordon State College (GA)

Bernardo Cantens

Bernardo Joaquin

Canteñs

Executive Vice President and Provost

Sul Ross State University (TX)

J. Paige

Carney

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

West Virginia State University

Valerie Martin

Conley

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Idaho State University

Joseph

Cope

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York at Geneseo

Andrea E.

Evans

Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Northeastern Illinois University

Kirsten

Fleming

Executive Vice President and Provost

University of Northern Colorado

Andrew

Harris

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Washington Tacoma

David

Hood

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

“Minnesota State University, Mankato”

Walt

Jacobs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“California State University, East Bay”

David

Jenks

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Middle Georgia State University

Brad

Johnson

Provost and Executive Vice President

Western Washington University

Quentin

Kidd

Provost and Academic Director of the Wason Center for Civic Leadership

Christopher Newport University (VA)

Chad A.

Kinney

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Earnest L.

Lamb

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“Purchase College, State University of New York”

Kristen L.

Majocha

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Nebraska Kearney

Heather Hulburt

Norris

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Appalachian State University (NC)

Kristen

Porter-Utley

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Framingham State University (MA)

Bijoy K.

Sahoo

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Southern University and A&M College (LA)

Beverly

Schneller

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Governors State University (IL)

Matt

Seimears

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Eastern Oregon University

Michael J.

Self

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Lincoln University of Missouri

Tonya

Smith-Jackson

Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Nigamanth

Sridhar

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Cleveland State University (OH)

Pamela

Steinke

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of South Carolina Upstate

Tammi

Vacha-Haase

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Roger J. Ward

Roger J.

Ward

Provost and Executive Vice President

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Hongtao

Yu

Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Morgan State University (MD)

Michael

Zieg

Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Slippery Rock University (PA)

2021 ANP Cohort

Melinda Schlager

Arnold

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Anne Clark

Bartlett

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Saint Elizabeth University (NJ)

Allen

Bedford

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Bemidji State University (MN)

James

Beeby

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Keene State College (NH)

Laura

Bloomberg

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Cleveland State University (OH)

Derrick

Brazill

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

“City University of New York, York College “

Michelle

DenBeste

Provost and Vice President for Academic Life

Central Washington University

Sepehr

Eskandari

Provost

Montana State University – Billings

Linda

Essig

Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

“City University of New York, Baruch College”

DoVeanna Sherie

Fulton

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Norfolk State University (VA)

Karyn Scissum

Gunn

Provost and Senior Vice President

“California State University, Long Beach”

José

Herrera

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Northern Iowa

Anne F.

Herzog

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

Carolyn

Kapinus

Former Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Texas Woman’s University

Kimberly

Kostelis

Interim Provost

Central Connecticut State University

Jill

Lane

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Clayton State University (GA)

Monica Terrell

Leach

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Fayetteville State University (NC)

George

Low

Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost

Georgia Gwinnett College

Kimberly

McCorkle

Provost

East Tennessee State University

Sametria

McFall

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Savannah State University (GA)

Darrell

Newton

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Winona State University (MN)

Richard L.

Ogle

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“California State University, Stanislaus “

Jon

Preston

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of West Georgia

Britt

Rios-Ellis

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Oakland University (MI)

Kris

Roney

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Hawai’i at Hilo

Charlotte

Simmons

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

University of Central Oklahoma

Michael T.

Stephenson

Provost and Senior Vice President

Sam Houston State University (TX)

Catherine M.

Wehlburg

Interim President

Athens State University (AL)

Ontario

Wooden

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Alcorn State University (MS)

Abbey

Zink

Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer

Slippery Rock University (PA)

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Academy for New Provosts

ANP is tailored to the distinctive needs of provosts who lead state colleges and universities. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with your peers in a learning environment tailored to the specific challenges that a first-time provost is likely to face.

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Sepehr Eskandari chats with other cohort members of ANP 2022.
Sepehr Eskandari chats with other cohort members of ANP 2022.
2022 ANP Cohort.
2022 ANP Cohort.

ANP supports first-time provosts with the tools and community needed to succeed. 

Join ANP to be connected to a community of colleagues. The program includes in-person and virtual workshops as well as mentoring from an experienced provost. 

Who Should Participate

  • Provosts in their first year at AASCU member institutions.

How You’ll Benefit

  • Connect with national experts and accomplished provosts on topics of relevance to provosts at AASCU institutions.
  • Engage in a mentoring partnership with an experienced provost. 
  • Develop a supportive community of provosts who are also beginning their roles. 
  • Acquire core knowledge and learn strategies that will help you succeed as a new provost. 
  • Strengthen your leadership skills. 
  • Assess and reflect on your leadership strengths and define areas for growth. 
What to Expect
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions integrated throughout.
  • Tailored to the distinctive needs of provosts and chief academic officers who lead state colleges and universities. 
  • Supportive, engaging, and customized learning environment to meet the specific challenges of a first-time provost. 
  • Strong relational component—commitment to create and support trust, encourage peer-to-peer learning, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort.
  • Understand principles of exemplary academic leadership, change management, and university finance and budget. 
  • Build trust through effective communication.
  • Manage key relationships for success.
  • Use data effectively to create a culture of evidence and inform decisions.
  • Integrate academic planning with budget, facility, and IT planning.
  • Navigate between the president’s vision and the expectations of the faculty.
  • Strengthen psychological and physical resilience.
  • Foster inclusive cultures that prioritize equity, inclusion and belonging.

The 2023 Academy for New Provosts (ANP) will be delivered in a blended format beginning with an in-person gathering in Washington, DC in fall 2023 followed by monthly virtual learning and networking sessions through May 2024. The cohort will come back together in person at AASCU’s Academic Affairs Summer Meeting in July 2024. 

The program will feature:   

  • Three-day, in-person gathering in Washington, D.C. (October 24 – October 26, 2023) 
  • Monthly, two-hour, interactive cohort gatherings held over eight months (November–May) 
  • A closing gathering scheduled in conjunction with the AASCU 2024 Academic Affairs Meeting (July 2024) 
  • Optional small group reflection and discussion sessions 
  • Asynchronous learning modules (pre-reads) 
  • Formal mentoring with ANP faculty and experienced AASCU provosts 

 In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. 

  • The Role of the Provost
  • Exemplary Academic Leadership
  • Building Psychological and Physical Resilience
  • Tips and Traps
  • Partnerships for Success
  • Leadership Challenge Case Studies
  • Courageous Leadership (based on the work of Brené Brown)
  • Integrated Academic Program Planning
  • Equity and Student Success
  • Budgeting
  • The 2023 academy is open to first-time AASCU member and non-member provosts in their first year.
  • Exceptions may be made for provosts who began prior to July 2023 if space permits.
  • All eligible members will be admitted as space allows.
  • Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available.

The registration link for the 2023 cohort will be posted in July.

All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are first-time provosts in their first year will be allowed to register if space is available.

2023 Registration Fees
  • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $4,000 
  • Participants from non-member institutions: $5,000 
  • The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation in Washington, D.C.
Scholarships
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions.

 

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This was an amazing experience! I am confident that I have made connections that will blossom into trusting lasting relationships. The content was outstanding, and the presenters were engaging. 

2022 ANP Participant

Meet the 2022 Cohort
Rondall Allen

Rondall E.

Allen

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Joanne

Ardovini

Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Gordon State College (GA)

Bernardo Cantens

Bernardo Joaquin

Canteñs

Executive Vice President and Provost

Sul Ross State University (TX)

J. Paige

Carney

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

West Virginia State University

Valerie Martin

Conley

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Idaho State University

Joseph

Cope

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York at Geneseo

Andrea E.

Evans

Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Northeastern Illinois University

Kirsten

Fleming

Executive Vice President and Provost

University of Northern Colorado

Andrew

Harris

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Washington Tacoma

David

Hood

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

“Minnesota State University, Mankato”

Walt

Jacobs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“California State University, East Bay”

David

Jenks

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Middle Georgia State University

Brad

Johnson

Provost and Executive Vice President

Western Washington University

Quentin

Kidd

Provost and Academic Director of the Wason Center for Civic Leadership

Christopher Newport University (VA)

Chad A.

Kinney

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Earnest L.

Lamb

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“Purchase College, State University of New York”

Kristen L.

Majocha

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Nebraska Kearney

Heather Hulburt

Norris

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Appalachian State University (NC)

Kristen

Porter-Utley

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Framingham State University (MA)

Bijoy K.

Sahoo

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Southern University and A&M College (LA)

Beverly

Schneller

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Governors State University (IL)

Matt

Seimears

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Eastern Oregon University

Michael J.

Self

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Lincoln University of Missouri

Tonya

Smith-Jackson

Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Nigamanth

Sridhar

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Cleveland State University (OH)

Pamela

Steinke

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of South Carolina Upstate

Tammi

Vacha-Haase

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Roger J. Ward

Roger J.

Ward

Provost and Executive Vice President

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Hongtao

Yu

Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Morgan State University (MD)

Michael

Zieg

Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Slippery Rock University (PA)

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Application Details

The registration period for ANP is now closed. Registration for 2023 will open in Summer 2023. All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are first-time provosts in their first year will be allowed to register if space is available. 

Application Requirements

  • No formal application is required.
  • Registration is open to first-time provosts from AASCU member institutions who were appointed starting in July 2022.

Important Dates

  • Registration will open in Summer 2023.
  • 2023 Program dates:
    • October 24 – October 26, 2023: in-person gathering in Washington, D.C.
    • Monthly virtual sessions November 2023 – May 2024
    • July 17 – 19, 2024 in-person gathering in conjunction with 2024 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Denver, CO

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Executive Leadership Academy

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) is a unique leadership development program for senior cabinet officers who are interested in becoming university presidents.

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Developing the next generation of presidents.

The president’s role, as well as that of other senior administrators, has changed. It now requires an understanding of all aspects of the institution—from enrollment to endowment management and from governmental to alumni relations—not to mention inclusion and belonging, athletics, fundraising, marketing, student affairs, strategic planning, and financial management. The president’s necessary expertise also has expanded beyond institutional borders, to include regulatory and legislative issues and crisis communications. Further, it is more essential than ever that the pipeline of senior leaders prepares a diverse range of candidates from all backgrounds to succeed. ELA develops the wide-ranging skills that new presidents and senior executives will need to meet the challenges of today’s educational environment and serve today’s students.

Who Should Participate

  • Campus leaders and cabinet members interested in becoming president/chancellor or other senior executive position.

How You’ll Benefit

  • Comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to presidents.
  • Participants complete a Professional Experience Plan (PEP), which assesses leadershipstrengths as well as the opportunities Build a strong and supportive network of peers and mentors. 
  • One on one mentoring from current president and program director. 
What to Expect

A partnership to prepare future leaders.

The Executive Leadership Academy is cosponsored by AASCU, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). Approximately 35 participants are selected each year – half from AASCU member institutions and half from CIC member institutions. 

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions integrated throughout 
  • Mentorship from experienced presidents  
  • Opportunity for real-time application and impact of tools and trainings via a Professional Experience Plan 
  • Strong relational component—commitment to create and support trust, encourage peer-to-peer learning, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort 
  • Enhance the skills and knowledge of cabinet-level administrators as they contemplate future roles as college or university presidents or other senior executive positions 
  • Opening Seminar (June 26-28, 2023, Washington, D.C.) 
  • Virtual workshops (monthly, July 2023–May 2024) 
  • Closing Seminar (June 10-12, 2024, Washington, D.C.) 

In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.

Dates for the 2024-25 ELA will be posted in fall 2023. 

  • Enrollment and marketing 
  • Endowment and financial management 
  • Government relations 
  • Alumni relations 
  • Inclusion and belonging 
  • Crisis communications 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Applications that are complete, including a nomination/endorsement from a president/chancellor, and submitted by the deadline will be considered.
  • AASCU and AALI staff review applications and select a cohort that reflects the diversity of AASCU institutions.
  • Preference is given to applicants from AASCU member institutions. 

A complete application for ELA includes the following: 

  • Nomination or endorsement from the president/chancellor from your home institution 
  • Clear and concise summary of your personal and professional development goals 
  • Commitment to 100% participation 

Seminars are led by a teaching faculty of AASCU and CIC presidents and chancellors, vice presidents and chancellors, and other national subject matter experts.

The program fee for the 2023–2024 academic year is $2,950 per applicant. 

The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials. 

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations in Washington, DC. 

Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from qualifying institutions. AALI and Academic Search provide financial support to enable this program fee to be kept at this level. 

Testimonials

I found the ELA to be among the most valuable professional development activities in my career. In addition to receiving pertinent information concerning the major trends impacting higher education, participants are provided a broad array of opportunities to network with colleagues who have similar professional aspirations.”

Harvey Kesselman

President
Stockton University (NJ)

“The Executive Leadership Academy underscores the principle of distributed leadership – every quality that we enhance and any gap in knowledge, skill, or ability that we reduce or eliminate through the program prepares us for the next level while bolstering our effectiveness where we currently lead.”

Barbara Lyman

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
State University of New York at New Paltz

Ken Iwama, chancellor of Indiana University Northwest, shares his experience at the Executive Leadership Academy.

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Application Details

The application period for ELA is now closed. Applications for 2024 will open in fall 2023. For reference, a full submission requires the candidate to submit a form, along with a nomination/endorsement from a president/chancellor. 

Application Requirements

  • Currently serving in a cabinet-or other senior level position 
  • Endorsement from a president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator from your home institution 

Important Dates

  • The 2024 program will take place from June 2024 to June 2025.  
  • Applications for 2024 will open in fall 2023. 

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Becoming A Provost Academy

This yearlong program provides comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts.

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Prepare to lead as provost. 

The Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA) is a leadership program tailored to the distinctive needs of aspiring provosts (chief academic officers). Co-sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), this yearlong program provides comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts. BAPA also helps participants gain a better understanding of the broader context within which their own institutions operate and develop perspectives beyond their current position, division, and institution.  

Who Should Participate

  • Experienced deans, assistant or associate provosts, and other academic affairs senior administrators who aspire to become a provost/chief academic officer 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts 
  • Professional Experience Plan (PEP), which assesses the strengths as well as the opportunities in the preparation of individual participants 
  • A strong and supportive network of peers and mentors. 
What to Expect

BAPA is a leadership development program to prepare experienced academic administrators for provost/vice president for academic affairs positions in public higher education.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions integrated throughout 
  • Mentoring and Executive Coaching 
  • Opportunity for real-time application and impact of tools and trainings via a Professional Experience Plan 
  • Strong relational component—commitment to create and support trust, encourage peer-to-peer learning, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort 
  • Comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts 
  • Participants will prepare a Professional Experience Plan (PEP) working with campus mentor.  

The 2023 BAPA will take place from July 2023 to July 2024. 

  • Nomination deadline: February 6, 2023 
  • Academic Affairs Summer Meeting (July 19-21, 2023, Baltimore, MD) 
  • Opening Seminar (July 22-23, 2023, Baltimore, MD) 
  • Virtual workshops (monthly, August 2023 – June 2024) 
  • Closing Seminar (July 16-17, 2024, Denver, CO) 

Programming will be delivered in a blended format, with in-person and virtual programming.
In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded.
One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.  

Dates for the 2024-25 BAPA will be posted in fall 2023. 

  • Applications that are complete, including a nomination/endorsement from a president/chancellor or provost, and submitted by the deadline will be considered.
  • AASCU and AALI staff review applications and select a cohort that reflects the diversity of AASCU institutions.
  • Admissions preference will be given to applicants currently employed at AASCU member institutions.
  • If space allows, consideration will be given to participants from institutions serving in other higher education sectors. 
  • Nomination or endorsement from the president/chancellor or provost from your home institution 
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae 
  • Clear and concise summary of your personal and professional development goals 
  • Commitment to 100% participation 

Seminars are led by a teaching faculty of AASCU provosts, AASCU presidents and chancellors, and other national subject matter experts.

The program fee for the 2023–2024 academic year is $2,850 per applicant. 

The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials, and registration to attend the AASCU 2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting. 

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation in Baltimore, MD. 

Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from qualifying institutions. Preference will be given to nominees from under-resourced institutions that otherwise would be unable to support a participant.  

Testimonials

BAPA was a truly unique leadership program. It provided intensive training, development, and mentoring targeted toward preparing candidates to be an effective and successful provost at a state college or university. In addition, the network of BAPA alums is extensive and supportive. I highly recommend this outstanding leadership program.

Lynnette Zelezny

President
California State University, Bakersfield

BAPA is an exciting opportunity to explore university administration from a different angle. The speakers all generously gave their time, expertise, and insight! It was a great year that went too fast!

Brenda Nichols

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Lamar University (TX)

The BAPA program was an exhilarating opportunity for me to learn from seasoned provosts and develop new networks from colleagues within my class and among the alumni and facilitators. I found the one-year formal experiential plan, mentoring conference calls, and follow-up meetings during the AASCU conferences to be of tremendous value for me during my executive development journey in higher education.

Anita Borja Enriquez

Senior Vice President and Provost, Academic and Student Affairs
University of Guam

The BAPA program provides a blend of structured programming and customized experiences to ensure that participants have an excellent experience. The opportunities provided to me to visit peer institutions and learn from colleagues were invaluable to me. The generosity of facilitators and invited speakers in candidly sharing lessons learned was a much-appreciated gift for all of us who were part of the program.

Patricia L. Donat

Senior Vice President
Southern Association of College Schools Commission on Colleges

Hear from BAPA Alumnus Darrell Newton

Hear from BAPA Alumnus Christie Shelton.

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Application Details

The application period for BAPA is now closed. Applications for 2024 will open in fall 2023. For reference, a full submission requires the candidate to submit a form along with a curriculum vitae and nomination/endorsement from the president/chancellor or provost from their home institution. 

Application Requirements

  • Experienced deans, assistant or associate provosts, and other academic affairs senior administrators who aspire to become a provost/chief academic officer  
  • Endorsement from the president/chancellor or provost from your home institution 

Important Dates

  • The 2024 program will take place starting July 16-17, 2024. 

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