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Advancing to the Presidency


April 24, 2017


Currently at capacity No longer accepting applications for April 2017

​Thank you for your interest in the Advancing to the Presidency. This 2-day workshop is conducted 2 times during the year: April and October. Becoming a college or university CEO requires a keen understanding of oneself and the search process and a solid game plan for transition into the position. Designed specifically for senior administrators (typically Dean level or above) who will be seeking a presidency within the next 2 years.

Travel Logistics

The April 2017 workshop is taking place at the National Center for Higher Education (NCHE Building) in Washington, DC. Visit the Location tab above for details.

Program Book Materials

Each participant will receive access to an electronic program book containing information for program participants and presenters.


ACE Member Institution: $2400    |     Non-ACE Member Institution: $2,900

Check your institution's membership status via the ACE Members & Associates Directory.

Fees are due after acceptance into the workshop; includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. Applicants are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses – discounted hotel rates are available.

Those who would not otherwise be able to attend, may request partial scholarships by emailing

Payment and Cancellations Policies

Full payment must be received prior to start of the program to confirm application. ACE accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Credit Card - American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard accepted. Log into the ATP April 2017 account (password protected) to complete the payment process. Or, call 202-939-9376 to have payment processed by phone.

  • Check - Payable to American Council on Education. Indicate participant name on check. Mail check and invoice to:

American Council on Education
C/O ACE Leadership
P.O. Box 418762
Boston, MA 08841-8762

Note: Purchase orders are not accepted as payment. To request an invoice, email purchase order to

Cancellation requests received by February 23, 2017, will receive a refund minus a $300 cancellation fee.
Cancellation requests received by April 3, 2017 are eligible for a 50% refund.
Cancellation requests received after April 3, 2017 are not eligible for a refund.
Submit cancellation requests to

No longer accepting applications

April 24 - 25, 2017

National Center for Higher Education
​Washington, DC

Note: We are accepting applications for the ATP October 2017 workshop.



Preliminary Schedule

Day 1

7:15 a.m.   Registration and sign-in open

6:30 p.m.   First day’s programming ends

7:30 p.m.   Reception and Dinner

Day 2

7:45 a.m.   Re-gathering

4:30 p.m.   Workshop ends (Tentative)

  • Developing an Effective Presidential Search Strategy

  • Practical Training, Including Mock Video-Taped Interviews and CV/Resume Critiques 

  • Gain a Better Understanding of the Search Process Through Candid Conversations with Search Firm Executives

  • Contract Negotiation

  • Transition Successfully Into a Presidency 

  • Presidential Leadership

Who is Eligible to Apply 

Senior level administrators (typically at the Dean’s level or above) planning to seek a presidency within the next 2 years. ACE will select individuals who represent diverse backgrounds and hold senior executive positions across all different institutional types. 


Meeting Location

National Center for Higher Education (NCHE Building)
American Council on Education
1 Dupont Circle, NW 
Washington, DC 20036

Hotel Lodging

The Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Room Rate

Participants are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses. Register for the program prior to reserving the room. The discounted rate for registered attendees is $259* – deadline to reserve a room is April 3, 2017. Please review the Hotel and Travel (PDF) 1 MB document for details. 

*Plus taxes

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