Institute for New Presidents
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"Incredibly important to my education as a new president.
I highly recommend it for future new presidents."

— Past Institute Participant

Institute for New Presidents

Of Catholic Colleges and Universities



Virtual Meeting
Thursday, February 4, 2021 
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

In addition to the February 4, 2021, virtual meeting, ACCU will be offering 3 webinars in fall 2020 and spring 2021. New presidents (in your first or second year), please respond to the Doodle poll to help us select the best dates for these webinars:

Topic: "Catholic Colleges and Universities as a Ministry of the Church"
Speaker:  Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, CM
Friday, October 23 or 30
3:00 – 4:45 p.m. (Eastern)

Topic:  "Leading for Mission and Governing for Mission"
Speaker:  TBA
Friday, December 4, 11, or 18
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Topic:  "The Presidency and Personal Spiritual Development/Care for Self"
Speaker:  TBA
Friday, March 5, 12, 19, or 26
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (Eastern)

The Institute for New Presidents is a program open to all new and interim presidents of Catholic colleges and universities in their first two years of office.


Engage with experienced presidents on topics specific to your role leading a Catholic institution of higher learning:

  • Managing campus controversies at the intersection of current culture and Catholic identity
  • Purposes and goals of Catholic higher education
  • Canon and civil law essentials for presidents
  • Current issues of concern to the U.S. bishops and working with them successfully
  • Governance issues with trustees, sponsoring congregations, dioceses, and accrediting bodies
  • Communicating mission effectively, especially in times of crisis
  • Practices to deepen your own spirituality while leading a Catholic institution


Plus, network with your peers in Catholic higher education:

  • Explore impressions and questions of leading this ministry of the Church
  • Develop your network of fellow new presidents
  • Engage with veteran ACCU presidents

Please contact Lorraine Sloma-Williams for information.




Other Programs for Presidents

Annual Meeting
Join your colleagues to share ideas and discuss timely issues in Catholic higher education
Leaders in Catholic Higher Ed
Deepen your knowledge and refine your skills to meet 21st century leadership demands
Rome Seminar
Join this unique and dynamic exchange between Catholic higher education and the Curia