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


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. It is an opportunity to network with peers and learn from experienced leaders in Catholic higher education.


Thank you for joining us at the 2022 Institute for New Presidents of Catholic Colleges and Universities!  


Institute Details & Resources


Many thanks to our 2022 Institute for New Presidents of Catholic Colleges and Universities Planning Committee for their assistance in planning this year's events!

Laurie Joyner, President, Saint Xavier University, Committee Co-Chair
James Williams, President, Mount St. Joseph University, Committee Co-Chair

Nancy Blattner, President, Fontbonne University
Tina Holland, President, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University 
Fr. Brian Shanley, OP., President, St. John’s University
Sr. Carol Jean Vale, SSJ., President, Chestnut Hill College 



Sponsored by Ellucian


Save the Date for 2023 Institute for New Presidents:  

Friday, February 3, 2023

All new presidents in your first or second year are invited to attend. Additional information coming this fall!

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, and dioceses
  • 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