2023 Schedule
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2023 Annual Meeting: Rising to Our Times

Schedule At-A-Glance 

ACCU is excited to welcome you this upcoming February to the 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC! Below is the tentative schedule that is subject to change. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

2023 Annual Meeting 

Schedule At-A-Glance (PDF)

Friday, February 3 
7:00 am – 7:00 pm Registration/Information Desk Open
7:30 am – 7:30 pm     Institute for New Presidents
8:30 am – 4:00 pm          Women Executive Leaders in Catholic Higher Education Pre-conference
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ACCU Board of Directors Meeting
by invitation only

Saturday, February 4   
7:00 am – 7:00 pm Registration/Information Desk Open
8:00 am – 4:30 pm PRE-CONFERENCES
  Campus Ministry Leaders 
  Chief Academic Officers
  Mission Officers
  Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers
  Senior Student Affairs Officers
  Community Engaged Scholar-Practitioners Network (CESPN) 
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm       Opening Liturgy
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm     Opening Reception 

7:15 pm – 9:00 pm  

Awards Dinner & Presentation

Sunday, February 5
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration/Information Desk Open
7:15 am – 8:15 am Affinity Group Breakfast Meetings
by invitation only
8:30 am – 8:45 am     Welcome and Opening Prayer
8:45 am – 9:45 am   


Cathonomics for a Better World
Catholic colleges and universities educate students for their future participation in the economy.  They also convene research and discussions that matter to the world’s economic well-being.  One of the world’s preeminent economists, Professor Sachs will argue that Catholic Social Teaching, more than ever, should be at the center of this activity.

Speaker:  Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ph.D.., Professor, Economics, Columbia University

10:00 am - 11:00 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS
11:05 am – 11:50 am 


Managing Up: Presidential Strategies for Engaging the Board when Exploring New Markets
Many institutions are seeking to shore up their financial footing via market expansion. This requires alignment around mission, vision, and resources, as well as board-level support. What does the board need to know? What is their role in this process? How can Presidents make the case to expand into new markets? What strategies exist to overcome board-level reluctance? This session will explore these questions and attendees with receive a framework for how to adapt strategies, tips on developing a shared understanding, and strategies for defining your challenges within the context, mission, and resources available.

James F. Conneely, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Affairs, University of North Georgia
Chris Moloney, Ph.D., Senior Director, AGB Consulting


A Pathway Towards Fair Faculty Compensation
Today more than ever, institutions of higher education (IHEs) must be good stewards of their limited resources. At the same time, IHEs must be able to recruit, reward and retain mission-focused high-performing faculty. This is especially challenging given current inflationary pressures and the limited ability to move average net cost per student. This session will share the case studies of work done with Siena College and University of San Diego in creating stakeholder owned solutions that included balancing available resources with internal equity and external competitiveness while provide not less than just wages.

Gail F. Baker, Senior Vice President and Provost, University of San Diego
Frank A. Casagrande, President, Casagrande Consulting          
Margaret E. Madden, Provost and Senior Vice President, Siena College


Leading a Successful Campaign though Challenges and Uncertainty

A campaign can be a transformational tool that brings a community together to mobilize your purpose and mission, secures and reaffirms goodwill, enhances your institution’s fundraising long term, and makes an extraordinary impact for those you serve. We will discuss key aspects of smart planning and the roles that the president, board member, and leadership staff can play in executing a successful campaign, especially through challenging economic times. The current uncertainty should not stop you from pursuing an engaging and well thought out campaign – in fact, it may be the right time for your institution to launch into campaign mode!

Erin Phillips, Senior Consultant, Gonser Gerber


A New Model for Revitalizing Campuses & Advancing Climate Goals

Is your campus aging, while facing increasing demands for modernization from students, faculty, and staff?  Do you have limited capital funding opportunities and capacity to address your modernization and deferred maintenance needs?  Does your Facilities Staff have the bandwidth and technical expertise to plan, develop, and implement needed complex projects fast enough?  Are you facing growing internal and external pressure to advance Climate Goals and Reporting?  You are not alone!  Join a conversation with Redaptive to discuss a new model for revitalizing your campus sustainably, quickly and without debt.

Nick Waugh, Sr Director, Redaptive


Harnessing Strategic Partnerships to Unlock Institutional Performance, Resiliency, and Focus

In the wake of the pandemic and an incredibly competitive hiring environment, higher education institutions are increasingly considering outsourcing many of their business functions, from IT to Financial Aid to Registrar to HR.

This session will discuss how third-party partnerships can unlock the full potential of institutions and allow them to focus on what they do best.  

Monsignor James P. Shea, President, University of Mary 

Mike Glubke, co-CEO and co-founder of Dynamic Campus

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm    


What Universities Owe Democracy
As more countries are heading toward autocracy than at any time in generations, Ronald J. Daniels will provide insight from his book, What Universities Owe Democracy, and discuss how our universities should adjust their core curricula to prepare students to protect and defend liberal democracy.  Richard Haass, author of The World: A Brief Introduction, will argue that it is no longer sufficient for universities to educate strictly for their own national polity.  

Speakers: Ronald J. Daniels, Ph.D., President, Johns Hopkins University, and Richard D. Haass, Ph.D., President, Council on Foreign Relations

ModeratorRev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame

2:05 pm – 3:05 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm  


Achieving Short and Long-term Success via Supporting Service Organizations
Small and mid-sized institutions are disproportionately impacted by higher education’s systemic challenges. Catholic institutions in particular may require new strategies to engage today’s students and differentiate themselves in a crowded landscape. This new era requires a comprehensive approach to prosperity: efficient technology, market expansion, and operating effectiveness.

Today 30+ institutions have turned to supporting service organizations to transform their operations.  This session will provide an overview of the five existing supporting organizations, various participating institutions, and the services being provided. Finally, this session will address how supporting organizations use their depth of resources to improve their partners’ operating performance.

Rick Beyer, Executive Chairman of Core Education, PBC

J. Lee Johnson, Senior Vice President for Business & Finance, Siena Heights Universit


The Pandemic Ripple Effects on Student Success

The pandemic public health crisis is abating, but the subsequent student success crisis may only just be starting. Pandemic-era students learned and socialized differently than their predecessors. Colleges and universities will be dealing for years to come with the lingering aftereffects on equity, academic achievement, mental health, and degree completion as students work their way through K-12 and college.

What will this disruption look like, how long will it last, and what can student success leaders do to prepare? To answer these questions, we will present data mapping out the years ahead and provide guidance on your next steps.

Ed Venit, Managing Director, EAB


All Hands on Deck: A Team-Based Approach to Student Mental Health

Addressing student mental health needs is more complex and more demanding than ever. From peer support to psychiatry, today’s students are demanding more mental health support and experiencing higher acuity concerns. A comprehensive, team-based approach to care that combines on-campus and virtual mental health resources is essential to improve student well-being, engagement, and retention. Join us to learn about how a hybrid approach to care supports campus clinicians and results in better outcomes for students.

Dr. Tony Spann, Executive Director of Mental Health, TimelyMD

Kristin Buglione, MPH, CHES, Health Literacy, Health Coaching & Provider, Training Lead, TimelyMD


Walking the Talk: Authentic Donor Relationships Built on Values, Trust & Integrity

Explore practical dimensions of cultivating meaningful donor relationships built on shared values. While donors to colleges and universities are inspired by allegiance, their motivation is often rooted in values. What role can values play in how your institution invests assets received from donors? MPK&D Founding Partner Pat Bosse will lead a discussion with Kris Kelleher, Director with the investment firm Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. Pat leads MPK&D’s national fundraising consulting practice. Kris will lend his investment expertise to discuss how investing assets with a mission-oriented lens can promote trust and ensure your institution is “walking the talk.”

Patricia A. Bosse, Founding Partner, MPK&D

Kristofer T. Kelleher, Director, Hirtle Callaghan & Co.

4:10 pm – 5:10 pm                


Reclaiming the Catholic Moral and Intellectual Tradition from the Culture Wars
Neither pole of the cultural divide we experience on campus hold within them the vision of the human being that Christianity brings to bear.  Therese Lysaught offers a fresh view into the fraught conversations of our time.  She further encourages us to take a closer look at the thought and actions of Pope Francis and to find there a nuanced and helpful way of entering into the world’s social debates.

Speaker: M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Care Leadership and the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago

ModeratorMaryanne Stevens, RSM, President, College of Saint Mary

Monday, February 6
7:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration/Information Desk Open
by invitation only
7:00 am – 8:00 am  Graduate Student Seminar
8:15 am – 9:45 am  Presidential Spouses Session
8:45 am – 9:45 am   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

10:00 am – 11:00 am