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Advancing to the Presidency - October 2017


October 16, 2017


Applications for October 2017 are accepted through September 4, 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 October 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 applicant 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

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. Visit the Location tab above for details.

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 ATP October 2017 account to complete payment process. Or, call 202-939-9376 to have payment processed by phone.

  • Check - Payable to American Council on Education. Indicate applicants name on check. Mail check and invoice (if applicable) 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 August 17, 2017, will receive a refund minus a $300 cancellation fee.
Cancellation requests received by September 25, 2017 are eligible for a 50% refund.
Cancellation requests received after September 25, 2017 are not eligible for a refund.
Submit cancellation requests to

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Accepting Applications

October 16 - 17, 2017

National Center for Higher Education
​Washington, DC

ACE Member Institution: $2,400
Non-ACE Member Institution: $2,900

Applications accepted through September 4, 2017

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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

Applicants are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses. Apply for the program prior to reserving the room. The discounted rate for applicants is $259* – deadline to reserve a room is September 25, 2017. Please review the Hotel and Travel (PDF) 1 MB document for details. 

*Plus taxes (subject to change)

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