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Senior campus leaders all share in the responsibility to uphold and enrich the Catholic tradition on campus.

Programs for Senior Leaders

To strengthen and promote the Catholic mission and identity of its member institutions, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities provides services designed specifically for presidents and other senior administrators at member colleges. ACCU offers timely, targeted programs and services that:

• Help foster vibrant Catholic identity
• Support cooperation among members
• Respond to emerging member needs


We encourage you to explore our conferences, publications, and various online resources.

2018 Conference: Alliances, Collaborations, Mergers and Socially Responsible Investing

Saturday, February 3, 2018, Washington, DC
Note that this event is taking place at the Hyatt Place Washington, 2121 M Street NW, within one block of the Ritz-Carlton.


Register now to attend this conference for presidents and chief financial officers on Saturday, February 3, 2018, just before the start of the 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting.  At this inaugural session, presidents and chief financial officers will gather to explore topics related to partnerships and collaborations. From consortia and academic alliances to institutional mergers, this gathering will cover an array of partnerships that help Catholic higher education thrive. Providing an intimate opportunity for presidents and CFOs in Catholic higher education to network with one another, this meeting will balance large group discussions with small breakouts and time to talk one-on-one with colleagues and explore new partnership possibilities.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. 

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Informal Conversation

8:30 – 8:50 a.m. Welcome and Prayer
Thomas Botzman, President, Misericordia University
8:50 – 9:45 a.m. Keynote: Collaborations in Higher Education
Michael Horowitz, President, TCS Education System
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Partnerships in Catholic Higher Ed: Two Examples and a Conversation
- Academic Partnerships:
- Corporate Partnerships:
   David Johnson, Associate Provost and Chief Student Affairs Officer, Xavier University

10:25 – 10:45 a.m.           Break

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Social Responsible Investing
Brandon Alderson,
 Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Mergers in Higher Education
Jim Martin, Mount Ida College, and Jim E. Samels, The Education Alliance, co-authors of Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities: New Strategies for Higher Education Leaders (Johns Hopkins Press, 2017)

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Prayer and Buffet

2018 Conference: Aspiring Presidents

Friday, February 2, 2018, Washington, DC

Part of the Leaders in Catholic Higher Education program


Hear from experienced Catholic higher education presidents, leadership experts, and search consultants on how best to prepare for a presidency at a Catholic college or university. Sessions will be devoted to the practicalities of becoming a university president, as well as advancing your knowledge and strengthening your skills on the unique dimensions of Catholic identity and university mission.

Offered immediately prior to the 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting, the scheduled program will include discernment time to think more deeply about personal fit, the practical steps of the search process, resume review and interview questions. Presidential mentors and search consultants will guide your learning. Whether you aspire to be a president or are still discerning, you will leave this session empowered and inspired to serve as a senior executive within Catholic higher education. Register now to reserve your place!


8:00 – 8:20 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:20 – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Prayer


Welcome, Participant Introductions, and Overview

Steve Di Salvo, President, Saint Anselm College

Lorraine Sloma-Williams, Director of Executive Educational Programs, ACCU

Presidential Video: Why I Love Catholic Higher Education

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

CHE Landscape and CHE Fast Facts

Rebecca Sawyer, VP for Operations, Development, and Member Resources, ACCU

9:30 – 9:55 a.m.

Understanding Christian, Catholic, and Charism

Michael Galligan-Stierle, President, ACCU

9:55 – 10:15 a.m.

Presidential Relationships: Bishop and Religious Superior, Board Chair, and Mission Officer

Edward Peck, VP for University Mission and Identity, John Carroll University

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Process Morning Learnings

Edward Peck, VP for University Mission and Identity, John Carroll University

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Assessing Presidential Readiness and the Importance of a Mentor

Steve Di Salvo, President, Saint Anselm College

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Understanding the Many Steps of the Search Process

Cheryl Hyatt, HYATT-FENNELL, Executive Search

Matthew Kilcoyne, RH Perry & Associates

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch with Presidential Mentor and Search Consultant

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Presidential Understanding and Applying Ex corde Ecclesiae

Barbara Humphrey McCrabb, Assistant Director for Higher Education, Secretariat of Catholic Education, USCCB

Michael Garanzini, SJ, Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus & Scholar-in-Residence, Fordham University

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Navigating the Board: Issues of Catholic Identity and University Mission

Tom Flynn, President, Alvernia University

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Friend-Raising: Connecting Money to Mission

Jim Collins, President, Loras College

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Is a Catholic College or University Presidency Right for Me? And If So, Where, Given the Kaleidoscope of Choices: Size, Charism, Geography, and Financials

Mary Pat Seurkamp, President Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Evaluating Presidential Readiness & Creating a Personal Development Plan

Steve Di Salvo, President, Saint Anselm College

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Next Steps: Pathway to the Presidency

Steve Di Salvo, President, Saint Anselm College


Other Featured Programs

Chief Academic Affairs Officers

Read about the CAOs Conference, quarterly newsletter, and other publications

Senior Student Affairs Officers

See the programs and events designed just for those leading student affairs offices


See how ACCU supports Catholic college and university trustees with distinctive programming