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"Incredibly important to my education as a new president. I highly recommend it for future new presidents."

— Past Institute Participant

Catholic Mission Institute for New Presidents

College and university presidents bear myriad responsibilities: fundraising, technology planning, government relations, and much more. At a Catholic institution, the president must also personify, articulate, and celebrate the Catholic identity and university mission of the campus — and weave it through every decision and interaction.

Join the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Catholic Mission Institute for New Presidents and learn how to navigate these duties related to the faith-based identity of your university. The Institute is open to all presidents in the first two years of their presidency at a Catholic college or university, as well as interim presidents. Throughout the Institute, past and current presidents will be available to serve as mentors to participants.

The new, redesigned Institute is an 8-month program that includes:

  • Three one-hour webinars during the fall semester (August, October, and December 2017). New registrants will receive access to on-demand webinar recordings!
  • A two-day in-person seminar, taking place immediately before the 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (begins at 2:30 pm on Friday, February 2 and closes on Saturday, February 3, at 3:30 pm)
  • Two one-hour webinars during the spring semester (2018)



August Introductory Session: August 11, 11:00 am – Noon (Eastern)
Our first session allowed the 2018 cohort of new presidents to get acquainted and also engage with seasoned presidents from the planning team. The group brought forth topics and questions they faced in a new presidency as we shared wisdom and best practices.

October 3, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
This session focused on The President-Board Chair Relationship: Effective Governance Strategies at a Catholic College or University. We discussed proactive steps for ensuring and sustaining an effective president-board chair relationship. Thank you to our dynamic speakers: Rick Artman, President Emeritus, Viterbo University; and Mary Lyons, President Emeritus, University of San Diego. 

December 13, 1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern)
Topic: Effective Ways to Communicate Institutional Identity and Priorities on Campus and Beyond
Presenters: Sr. Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, President Emerita, Georgian Court University; and Marcus Long, President, Mount Marty College.

February 2-3, 2018, In-Person Session in Washington, DC
The Institute begins at 2:30 pm on Friday, February 2, and closes on Saturday, February 3, at 3:30 pm. Review the conference program.

March 22, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
Topic:  Legal Issues Affecting Catholic Higher Education Leadership
Presenter: Mark Chopko, Chair, Nonprofit & Religious Organizations, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
Mark Chopko chairs Stradley Ronon’s nonprofit & religious organizations practice group. He joined the firm in 2007, after serving for more than 20 years as general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and nearly eight years as a regulatory attorney in Washington, DC.

Date Set for Next Remote Session! 
Monday, April 30, 2018 
11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Eastern)
Topic:  The Joy of Catholic Higher Education
Presenters:  Mary Lou Retelle, President, Anna Maria College
Msgr. Stuart Swetland, President, Donnelly College


Registration Fees:

Deadline Early Bird Fee      
Regular Registration Fee     Late Registration Fee  
June 20  $995    
September 1 
December 1      $1125


Please contact Lorraine Sloma-Williams with any questions or concerns.  


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