New Presidents Institute



Catholic Mission Institute for New Presidents
January 28–30, 2016
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC



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.

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

—Past Institute Participants


Join us at the Catholic Mission Institute for New Presidents and learn how to navigate the duties related to leading a Catholic university. Beginning on Thursday, January 28, 2016, in Washington, DC, presidents new to ACCU member campuses will come together for two and a half days of learning and fellowship. Meet other new presidents as well as veterans in Catholic higher education to discuss:

  • Life Beyond the First 180 Days
  • Advancing the Mission Together: Institutions, Sponsoring Congregations, and Dioceses
  • Working with the Board of Trustees
  • Hiring for Mission
  • The Purpose and Future of U.S. Catholic Higher Education
  • Personal Spiritual Development

Be sure to join us for this one-of-a-kind institute. And stay for the 2016 ACCU Annual Meeting, beginning on January 30. For more information about the 2016 program, click the registration button above, or 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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