Programs for Senior Leaders
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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

In conjunction with the 2021 ACCU Annual Meeting, two programs for senior leaders
are currently open for registration. See below.

Just $50 per program!

Attendance at either program does not require Annual Meeting registration.

Note: Registration for Women Executive Leaders and Aspiring Presidents includes TWO sessions
(in December 2020 and February 2021).



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.

“Having attended the inaugural ACCU Women Executive Leaders Conference in 2020, I highly recommend this opportunity to women who are in, or aspire to, executive leadership roles in Catholic higher education. Last year's speakers were insightful and inspiring, and the opportunity to dialogue with other women who lead important work on their campuses was a great gift.” — Julie Massey, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, St. Norbert College


Mark your Calendars:

Session #1 of 2:  Finding Your Fire: Women Leaders' Prophetic Voice in Catholic Higher Education
Friday, December 11, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Catholic higher education, which owes so much to the leadership of women religious, is filled with women who can bring a prophetic voice and actions to issues of equity, justice, and unity. Join ACCU and two distinguished theologians, who will lead a conversation that will inspire you to find your fire for leadership – and keep it burning.
Cecilia González-Andrieu, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Loyola Marymount University
C. Vanessa White, D.Min., Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and Associate Director of the Th.M. Degree Program at Xavier University of Louisiana's Institute for Black Catholic Studies. 

Session #2 of 2: 
Tuesday, February 2, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Speakers and topics coming soon



Aspiring Presidents

This program is open to all senior leaders (vice presidents, deans, and other senior executives) who have the Catholic higher education presidency in their sights. Hear from veteran presidents as you advance your understanding of the unique dimensions of Catholic identity and university mission. Presidential mentors and search consultants help guide participants' journey. Whether you have a planned trajectory toward a presidency, or you are still navigating your path, this program will leave you empowered and inspired to serve as a president within Catholic higher education.

Part of the Leaders in Catholic Higher Education program


Mark your Calendars:

Session #1 of 2: What Is the Catholic College and University Presidency Really Like?
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 pm (Eastern)

Join two experienced presidents as they pull back the curtain! Advance your understanding of the unique dimensions of Catholic identity and university mission, and hear about the leadership skills and attributes needed for today’s Catholic higher education.
Suzanne Mellon, President, Carlow University
Don Taylor, President, Cabrini University

Session #2 of 2: Navigating the Search Process in Catholic Higher Education
Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  (Eastern)
Cheryl Hyatt, Partner, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Searches
Matthew Kilcoyne, Managing Partner, RH Perry & Associates


Questions? Contact ACCU.



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