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"It is most helpful to have the opportunity to learn about how the position and responsibilities of Mission Officers are evolving on campuses."

—Past Mission Officer Conference attendee

Mission Officers

Mission officers are among the most active leaders on campus in developing the Catholic identity of their university. As such, ACCU offers a range of programs, events, and publications to meet their various needs:

  • The Mission Leadership Institute is an intensive 4-day summer program designed to help new, emerging, and future mission leaders integrate and sustain mission on their campus.
  • The Mission Officer Handbook, vols. 1 & 2, offer the collected wisdom of 80 contributors on the role of the mission officer and effective practices used to advance Catholic identity on campus.
  • Entering its seventh year in 2018, the Mission Officers Conference (see below) gives both thoughtful and practical tools to these leaders. 

2018 ACCU Mission Officers Conference

Register now to attend this conference for mission officers on Saturday, February 3, 2018, just before the start of the 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting. Attendees will explore the theme, "Unpacking Assumptions," with speakers and conversations that address the current environment in Catholic higher education, as it affects the academic mission.


 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.          Registration and informal breakfast conversations with colleagues.

Please join us early to get to know other Mission Officers and get acquainted with your colleagues before diving into the topics for the day.

 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.                                                               Gathering Prayer
Br. Ernest J. Miller, FSC, Vice President for Mission, LaSalle University, conference chair

Welcome and Overview

 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.    Keynote Speaker – [Re]claiming Catholic as Inclusive: A Necessary Step in Catholic Higher Education in the 21st Century
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Director, Catholic Studies and Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, Seattle University

 10:15 - 10:40 a.m. Table discussions:  Response to the keynote address

 10:40 - 10:55 a.m.                                                              Break

 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.                                             Moderated Q&A Panel: How Do You Square the Charism and Catholic?
How do (1) the "values and principles" of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching interact with (2) the "mission" of your institution and (3) the "confessional faith" of those in your campus community who are and are not "Catholic"?
Mary Pat Seurkamp, President Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Jeannine Saabye, Executive Director, Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities and Associate Professor, University of Mary
Frances Sweeney, Professor of Spanish, Saint Mary’s College of California
Moderator: Sean Lansing, Chief Mission Integration Officer, Cardinal Stritch University

 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.         Lunch and Collegium Pause at 25 Reflections
Tom Landy, Director, Collegium

 1:00 p.m.                    Closing Prayer
Judith R. Fean, Vice President for Mission, Saint Mary's College


More Resources for Mission Officers

Support for Catholic Mission and Identity
Read about the programs and events that ACCU offers to support Catholic campus identity
Strengthening Catholic Identity
This series of brochures — or single volume — can be used as a campus primer to discuss Catholic identity
Mission Leadership Institute
This summer event promotes networking and shared learning among campus mission officers