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2019 Annual Meeting Pre-conference Events

In addition to the Annual Meeting, ACCU is pleased to offer a number of pre-conference events on Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2. Pre-conference events provide distinct audiences within our membership with additional programming options targeted at specific issues.  For more information and to see the schedule's for each event, please click on the title of the event that you are interested in. 

Registration for all pre-conference events, as well as the 2019 ACCU Annual Meeting, is now closed.

Please call the ACCU office at (202) 457-0650 for more information.



 Thursday, January  31, 2019  
 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Early Registration Open  
 Friday, February 1, 2019  
 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Registration Open  
 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Aspiring Presidents
Sponsored by: RH Perry & Associates & Hyatt Fennell
 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Building Intercultural Competencies on Your Campus  
 Saturday, February 2, 2019  
 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Registration Open  
 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Chief Academic Officers Conference 
Sponsored by: Casagrande Consulting LLC
 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference  
 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Mission Officers Conference
Sponsored by: The Israel Ministry of Tourism
 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  

International Member Session:

Thriving and Securing Sustainability: A Global Perspective on Catholic Higher Education

Across the world, Catholic higher education institutions face a variety of opportunities and challenges that affect their viability and sustainability. This panel session will feature ACCU member presidents from around the globe, discussing how their institutions have responded to significant domestic and global challenges. It also will focus on how they have identified opportunities to address those challenges and ensure the future of their institutions.

Eugene Wall, President, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland
Francis Campbell, Vice-Chancellor, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham London, United Kingdom
Sr. Anne Therese Falkenstein, SP, Special Assistant to the President and Trustee, Providence University,  Taichung, Taiwan
Gerry Turcotte, President and Vice-Chancellor, St. Mary’s University, Calgary, Canada
Thomas Evans, President, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
Moderator & Speaker: Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney, Australia

 5:00 p.m.   Opening Mass for Annual Meeting  



Friday, February 1, 2019

Aspiring Presidents

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The ACCU Aspiring Presidents program offers a unique opportunity to hear from experienced Catholic higher education presidents, leadership experts, and search consultants on how best to prepare for a presidency at a Catholic college or university. Whether you have set your sites on a presidency or are still discerning, you will leave this session empowered and inspired to advance your career path in Catholic higher education. In contrast to broad-based programs on becoming a university president, this seminar will strengthen your knowledge of and provide tools focused on Catholic identity and university mission. The program will address big questions of discernment and fit, as well as focus on the practical steps of the search process.


Building Intercultural Competencies on Your Campus 

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This interactive intercultural competency training workshop is for anyone in a senior leadership position in Catholic higher education and for those who are:

  • Responsible for training/educating on multicultural issues.  
  • Eager to connect diversity issues with their Catholic identity and university mission.

Participants will learn from practical examples, recommendations, and training modules that will help them better meet the diverse needs of students, faculty, and staff. This training will be based on the manual Building Intercultural Competence for Catholic Colleges and Universities, currently in development by ACCU.


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Mission Officers Conference: “Our Catholic Identity: Discernment, Integration, and Innovation”

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
What role do mission officers play in securing Catholic higher education for the future? Join the 8th annual Mission Officers Conference to hear speakers discuss the many ways in which mission officers are uniquely positioned to respond to the present and future of Catholic higher education in light of shifting demographics and changes in the landscape of higher education. The conference will allow participants the space to explore key questions related to what our responsibility is and who we are as Catholic institutions. Session topics will focus on how discernment, integration, and innovation offer a pathway forward for the future of Catholic higher education.

 Sponsored by: The Israel Ministry of Tourism


Chief Academic Officers Conference: “Catholic Mission, Global Challenges, and the Value of Liberal Education”

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Catholic colleges and universities face a variety of complex, emergent opportunities and challenges in pursuit of their educational missions. Among those are concerns related to immigration and recruiting students and faculty from other countries, as well as the deepening skepticism toward the liberal arts and the implications for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Chief academic officers play critical roles in addressing these and other issues essential to today’s Catholic higher education, including the need to foster mission-aligned academic leadership. This conference will offer a rich occasion to reflect upon and discuss these issues, in addition to affording valuable opportunities for networking among CAOs in Catholic higher education.

Sponsored by: Casagrande Consulting LLC


Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference: "Inclusive Excellence and Self-expression on Catholic Campuses"

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Network with fellow senior student affairs officers in Catholic higher education and learn more about how students’ beliefs, experiences, and behaviors are changing with each new generation and within the landscape of Catholic higher education. Sessions will explore the effects of current and anticipated changes among the student body and how student affairs officers can prepare and engage in effective responses that align with the university’s Catholic identity. Speakers will identify emerging best practices that meet student needs and expectations related to inclusion and expression on campus.