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  • Fulfilling higher education’s 21st century mission depends upon a visionary, bold, and diverse global community of institutional leaders. ACE Leadership serves individuals and institutions that are eager to seize opportunity and embrace the challenge of serving and leading complex institutions. Through a distinctive suite of programs and services, ACE Leadership shares knowledge and insights with participants from all sectors, empowering higher education leaders, institutions, and stakeholders to anticipate critical leadership issues and imperatives.

 Presidents and Senior Leaders


Programs, services and research for presidents and senior leaders from deans to presidents.

ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers

A year-long institute that provides practical executive leadership development for CAOs in their first three years on the job.

ACE-NASH Leadership Academy

The Academy develops teams that facilitate broad change, enhance campus and system performance, and scale best practices on campuses.

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Advancing to the Presidency

A workshop that helps senior administrators gain a better understanding of the presidential search process and provides strategies and training for effective searching.

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Chief Academic Officer and Chief Business Officer Workshop

A 2-day workshop for CAOs and CBOs that focuses on exploring the dynamics between the CAO and CBO. Presented by ACE and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

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Institute for Leading Internationalization

The Institute is designed to improve the effectiveness of anyone who has a critical role in advancing internationalization on their campus.

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Presidential Roundtables

Roundtable conversations among presidents, leaders and experts which explore a set of pressing higher education issues.

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Advancing to the CAO

A two-day workshop designed specifically for mid-career administrators who will be seeking a CAO position within the next 2 years.


 Rising Administrators


Programs and resources for rising college and university administrators.

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ACE Fellows Program

The ACE Fellows Program helps ensure that higher education’s future leaders are ready to take on real-world challenges and serve the capacity-building needs of their institutions.

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ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

The Academy focuses on strengthening the chair, division head, or program director not only as a unit leader, but also as an academic leader in service to the institution and its mission.


 Diversity and Inclusion


Programs, resources and research to foster greater diversity and inclusion in higher education, particularly within the senior leadership ranks.

Aspiring Leaders

Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program

The ACE Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program is designed to advance mid-level leaders from diverse backgrounds into senior leadership ranks of higher education.

Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership

This collaborative, multi-association initiative seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in higher education through programs, research, and resources.

National Women's Leadership Forum

The National Women’s Leadership Forum is a 3-day leadership program designed for senior-level women administrators (typically deans and above) seeking a college or university presidency, vice presidency, or major deanship.

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Regional Women's Leadership Forum

The Regional Women’s Leadership Forums are designed for mid-level women administrators with high potential for advancement in higher education administration.


 Alfred P. Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility

Alfred P. Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility

Alfred P. Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility

This series of projects highlights and rewards institutions that effectively recruit, retain, and advance faculty in their careers as a means of developing institutional capacity.

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National Challenge for Higher Education: Retaining a 21st Century Workforce

A campaign to increase the awareness of the positive benefits of workplace flexibility for institutions and their faculties.