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Chief Academic Officers

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2022 Chief Academic Officers Conference

Saturday, February 5, 2022

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Rebuilding Community

Despite the challenging ebbs and strains over these almost 24 months, our communities--faculty, staff, students, and administration-- have proven their strength, resiliency, and innovation time and time again. We will celebrate our communities, rejoining together to network, offer support, and provide a variety of mission-related resources. We understand the need for our campus communities to reengage and rebuild ourselves in our newly created normalcy, to strive for civic and civil discourse, and to infuse remote work and online environments while reestablishing and strengthening our faculty teams. Our conference will cover all these topics and more while we reconnect with familiar faces, welcome new colleagues, and embrace our Catholic higher education community.

Sponsored by Casagrande Consulting, LLC

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Conference Schedule

8:00 -9:00 a.m.   Registration, Breakfast, and Opening Prayer
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.   

Welcome, Overview of the Day, Set Up of Roundtable Discussions

Dr. David Dausey, Duquesne University, chair of planning team

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.  

Round table discussions focused agility and creative flexibility

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.  


10:30 - 11:45 a.m.  

A Conversation with Fr. Dennis:  Communication Innovations and Solutions

This interactive discussion with Fr. Dennis will focus on the who, what, where and when of sending messages to a national audience, innovative and interesting communication strategies that have happened in Catholic higher education, and plenty of time for questions from the audience.

Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M., President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Moderator: Gail F. Baker, Vice President and Provost, University of San Diego

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Breakout Sessions

New Provosts in their first few years
Facilitator: Paul Benson, University of Dayton

Civil Discourse on college campuses and speakers on campus in light of cancel culture 

Facilitator: David Dausey, Duquesne University

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.  

Wrapping Up and Closing Prayer


Many thanks to our 2022 Chief Academic Officers Conference Planning Committee members for their assistance in planning this year's conference!

David Dausey, Provost, Duquesne University (Chair)
Gail F. Baker, Provost, University of San Diego
Paul Benson, Provost, University of Dayton
Christopher Sindt, Provost, Lewis University
Molly Smith, Provost, Thomas More University

The CAO plays a unique role in advancing Catholic identity among academic staff. ACCU offers a variety of resources to help individuals in this role:

  • Strengthening Catholic Identity – CAOs: This short brochure summarizes the role of the CAO in advancing the Catholic identity of a college or university.
  • CAOs may be interested in Catholic Identity Mission Assessment (CIMA), a new initiative that will help ACCU member institutions understand how Catholic higher education adds distinct value to the student experience.
  • Each year, ACCU offers a conference specially designed for chief academic officers. Stimulating speakers and roundtable discussions at this gathering help attendees address contemporary needs. See below for information on the most recent conference.


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