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Presidential Conversations

ACCU offers periodic small group discussions among member presidents to allow candid and meaningful exchange on critical and timely issues in Catholic higher education. Presidential Conversations take place via the phone and generally last for one hour, so that participants can connect and learn from the comfort of their office.

Conversations are open to presidents of ACCU member institutions only. For more information, contact


Upcoming Presidential Conversation: The President Said What? Leading with Moral Authority

Catholic college and university presidents today are increasingly being asked to use their bully pulpits to speak out about cultural and social issues, and take a stand for what is morally right. Please join the next "Presidential Conversation" to discuss how presidents can address potentially divisive issues — especially those concerning inclusion and diversity — in a way that both allies with the Catholic tradition and remains non-partisan.

Coming in late spring/early summer...

Previous Presidential Conversations

Presidential Conversations began in spring 2014, with two sessions discussing Pope Francis and the implications of his papacy for higher education. The discussions generated insights on the profound effect the pope is having on the Church and Catholic colleges and universities. Since then, conversations have covered a range of topics pertinent to Catholic college and university leadership.

"Showing Support for Undocumented Students," October 2017
"Mission-Centered Leadership in Today's Climate," March 2017
"Presidents and Board Chairs: Navigating the Future Together," December 2016
"Improving Sponsorship Covenants: A Path to Better Relationships," June 2016
"Exploring Enrollment Strategies," December 2015
"Mission and Fundraising," June 2015
"Passing on the Mission: A Web-Based Model," May 2015
"Hiring for Mission,” December 2014
"Dealing with Hot-Button Issues: Speakers, Insurance, Hiring, and the Mandatum,” April 2014
"The Francis Revolution and Its Implications for Catholic Higher Education:  Pope Francis' Effect on Catholic College/University Campuses," March 2014