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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 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.


NEW!  Women Executive Leaders in Catholic Higher Education

The history of Catholic higher education is marked by strong women leaders and the congregations of women religious that founded many of our institutions. Today, Catholic colleges and universities continue to boast a higher percentage of women presidents than any other higher education sector. We are now at a pivotal moment in history, as lay and religious women are being called to carry forth the rich legacy of our colleges and universities as senior leaders and presidents. ACCU seeks to support women to meet current leadership demands and thrive in Catholic higher education executive positions.


Who should attend? 

  • Women currently in mid-level leadership roles across the college or university (Offices of Finance, Advancement, Diversity, General Counsel, Enrollment, Admissions, Alumni Affairs, Marketing/Communications, Athletics, Academics, Student Affairs, Mission & Ministry) who are considering advancing to the next senior executive position within Catholic higher education


Join us to connect with other women leaders in Catholic higher education for shared learning and support at this inaugural event!

Friday, January 31, 2020
Immediately before the beginning of the 2020 ACCU Annual Meeting
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC

Questions? Contact Lorraine Sloma-Williams


Register for the Women Leaders or Aspiring Presidents programs through our 2020 Annual Meeting registration page:



2020 Aspiring Presidents Conference

All senior leaders (vice presidents, deans, and other senior executives) who aspire to a presidency in the next 5-7 years are welcome to attend this pre-conference. Veteran presidents will lead sessions of learning and fellowship to advance your understanding of the unique dimensions of Catholic identity and university mission. Presidential mentors and search consultants will help guide your journey.

Whether you have a planned trajectory toward a presidency, or you are still navigating your path, we are confident that you will leave this day empowered and inspired to serve as a president within Catholic higher education.

Part of the Leaders in Catholic Higher Education program


Tentative Schedule

 Friday, January 31, 2020  
 8:00 – 8:20 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Registration
 8:20 – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Prayer

Welcome, Participant Introductions, and Overview

 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Session #1

 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break  
 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Session #2

 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Session #3

 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Conversation

 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Session #4

 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Session #5

 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break  
 3:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Session #6

 4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Reflections and Evaluations


4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Charting Your Course: Working Session with Search Consultants




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