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Senior campus leaders all share in the responsibility to uphold and enrich the Catholic tradition on campus.

Programs for Senior Leaders

To strengthen and promote the Catholic mission and identity of its member institutions, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities provides services designed specifically for presidents and other senior administrators at member colleges. ACCU offers timely, targeted programs and services that:

• Help foster vibrant Catholic identity
• Support cooperation among members
• Respond to emerging member needs

We encourage you to explore our conferences, publications, and various online resources.


2019 Aspiring Presidents Conference

Part of the Leaders in Catholic Higher Education program

 Friday, February 1, 2019  
 8:00 – 8:20 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Registration
 8:20 – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Prayer

Welcome, Participant Introductions, and Overview
Steve Di Salvo, President, Saint Anselm College
Suzanne Mellon, President, Carlow University
Lorraine Sloma-Williams, Director of Executive Educational Programs, ACCU
 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Leading in Times of Crisis

Francesco Cesareo, President, Assumption College, and chair of the National Review Board at the USCCB. 

 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break  
 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Evaluating Presidential Readiness, Creating a Personal Development Plan, and the Importance of a Mentor

Steve Di Salvo, President, Saint Anselm College

 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Presidential Relationships: Bishop and Religious Superior, Board Chair, and Mission Officer

Stephanie Russell, Vice President and Consultant for Mission Integration, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Presidential Mentors and Search Consultants

Cheryl Hyatt, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search
Matthew Kilcoyne, RH Perry & Associates
 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Navigating the Board: Issues of Catholic Identity and University Mission

Tom Flynn, President, Alvernia University

 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

External Relations: Fundraising, Enrollment, and Revenue Generation

Mary Meehan, Interim President, Seton Hall University

 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Break  
 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Next Steps: Pathway to the Presidency: Is a Catholic College or University Presidency Right for Me? And If So, Where?

Suzanne Mellon, President, Carlow University
Steve DiSalvo, President, Saint Anselm College 

 4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Chart Your Course: Working Session with Search Consultants

Cheryl Hyatt, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search
Matthew Kilcoyne, RH Perry & Associates



To register for the Aspiring Presidents Conference or for more information, please visit our 2019 Annual Meeting page.



Other Featured Programs

Chief Academic Affairs Officers

Read about the CAOs Conference, quarterly newsletter, and other publications

Senior Student Affairs Officers

See the programs and events designed just for those leading student affairs offices


See how ACCU supports Catholic college and university trustees with distinctive programming