New Presidents Institute



Catholic Mission Institute for New Presidents
January 28–30, 2016
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.”

For more information about the 2016 program, please contact Lexie Bradley at or (202) 457-0650, ext. 224.

2015 Review




Thank you for your support of the 2015 ACCU Catholic Mission Institute for New Presidents! We look forward to working with new and established presidents in the months ahead.

Review the 2015 New Presidents Institute Schedule:

Thursday, January 29
3:00–3:30 p.m.    Check-in
3:30–4:30 p.m.


  • 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

  • Sr. Candace Introcaso, CDP, President, La Roche College
  • Brennan O’Donnell, President, Manhattan College
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

  • Barbara Humphrey McCrabb, Assistant Director for Higher Education, USCCB
  • Rev. Michael Garanzini, SJ, President, Loyola University Chicago 
9:45–10:00 a.m.    Break
10:00–11:15 a.m. 

On the Record: Telling the Real Story of Catholic Higher Education

  • Mary Meehan, President, Alverno College
  • Rev. Stephen Sundborg, SJ, President, Seattle University
11:15–11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Advancing the Mission Together: Institutions, Sponsoring Congregations, and Dioceses

  • Sr. Sharon Euart, RSM, Executive Director, Resource Center for Religious Institutes
  • Thomas Flynn, President, Alvernia University
  • Rev. Dennis Dease, President Emeritus, University of Saint Thomas
12:45–2:00 p.m. Lunch / Discussion
2:00–3:15 p.m.

Boards of Trustees: Governing for Mission

  • Rosalie Mirenda, President, Neumann University
  • Susan Whealler Johnston, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Association of Governing Boards
3:15–3:45 p.m. Break

Personal Spiritual Development

  • Beverly Wharton, President, Briar Cliff University
  • Thomas Powell, President, Mount Saint Mary’s University
5:00–6:00 p.m. Reception with ACCU Board of Directors - Spouses welcome
6:00–8:00 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

  • Kevin Hughes, Chair, Department of Humanities and Classical Studies Program, Villanova University
  • Graziano Marcheschi, Vice President for University Mission and Ministry, Saint Xavier University
  • Sr. Marguerite O’Beirne, Vice President for Mission & Ministry, Neumann University
  • Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission & Academic Services, Lewis University
  • Christine Wiseman, President, Saint Xavier University

Moderator: Michael Galligan-Stierle, President, ACCU

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



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