New Presidents Institute


Catholic Mission Institute for New Presidents
January 29–31, 2015
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC

Each year, more than a dozen ACCU institutions welcome new presidents. Typically, some have previously been presidents of another institution, but most are entering their first presidency. As many as one-third of our new presidents come from non-ACCU institutions and may have little preparation for enhancing their understanding of the Catholic dimensions of their new leadership role. As a result, ACCU designed this valuable program, to which all ACCU member presidents in their first or second year of a new presidency are invited. The three-day program includes optional one-on-one consultation sessions with experienced presidents and opportunities for spouses of presidents to gather.

Here's what past participants had to say:

  • Relevant. Refreshing. Engaging. These words all describe the ACCU Institute for New Presidents. I had attended several similar workshops from other associations, but none compared to the ACCU program. It is a must for all new presidents of Catholic colleges and universities, both large and small.”
  • “Excellent!”
  • “Incredibly important to my education as a new president – I highly recommend it for future new presidents.”
  • “Practical collegiality so very welcome; sense of mission and sacredness of this work reinforced; panelists uniformly prepared, thoughtful, pointed, and often poignant.”
  • “Far more helpful to me than previous ‘new president’ programs.”

Visit the conference website for information on fees and the conference hotel discount, to see the full lineup of ACCU 2015 Annual Meeting events, and to register:


Preview the 2015 New Presidents Institute Schedule:

Thursday, January 29
3:00–3:30 p.m.    Check-in
3:30–4:30 p.m. Welcome/Introductions
- Sr. Candace Introcaso, CDP, President, La Roche College
- Michael Galligan-Stierle, President/CEO, ACCU
4:30–4:45 p.m. Break
4:45–6:30 p.m. Purpose and Future of Catholic Higher Education in the United States
5:30–6:30 p.m. Spouses Reception
6:45–8:00 p.m. Dinner - Spouses welcome
Friday, January 30
8:00–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45–9:45 a.m. Practices of Integrating Catholic Mission & Challenges of Implementing Ex corde Ecclesiae
9:45–10:00 a.m.    Break
10:00–11:15 a.m.  Church Teachings and Campus Life
11:15–11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Advancing the Mission Together: Institutions, Sponsoring Congregations, and Dioceses
12:45–2:00 p.m. Lunch / Discussion
2:00–3:15 p.m. Boards of Trustees: Governing for Mission
3:15–3:30 p.m. Break
3:30–4:45 p.m. Personal Spiritual Development
5:15–6:15 p.m. Reception with ACCU Board of Directors - Spouses welcome
6:15–8:00 p.m. Dinner in the city - Spouses welcome
Saturday, January 31  
8:00 -8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9:15 a.m. A Conversation with Authors of A Mission Officer’s Handbook: Hiring for Mission and Formation for Faculty and Staff
- Michael Galligan-Stierle, President/CEO, ACCU
- Mission Officers
9:15–9:30 a.m. Break
9:30–11:30 a.m. One-on-One Conversations with Experienced Presidents
- 2015 Speakers
- 2015 Task Force Members



For more information about the 2015 program, please contact Lexie Bradley at or (202) 457-0650, ext. 224.



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