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Institute for Leading Internationalization

The Institute is designed for any campus official who is charged with leading internationalization on their campuses.

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.

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ACE Institute for New Presidents

The ACE Institute for New Presidents strives to ensure new presidents find long-term success in today's uncertain environment.

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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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Presidential Roundtables

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

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The Executive Leadership Group is focused on programs, services and research for presidents and senior leaders from deans to presidents.​  Learn more.

ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

The Academy builds on the legacy of ACE's longtime highly regarded Department Chairs Workshop to engage chairs in a yearlong community of learning.

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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.

The Emerging Leaders Group offers programs and resources for rising college and university administrators.  Learn more.


Moving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education

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

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ACE 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. Purposeful programming focused on diversifying the pool of candidates for advancement is essential as evidenced by their underrepresentation in senior leadership roles in higher education.

National Women's Leadership Forum

Registration is now open for this 3-day leadership program is 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.

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Spectrum Executive Leadership Program

This six-month program is designed to further diversify the senior leadership ranks of U.S. higher education by preparing diverse senior level administrators from underrepresented groups to be strong candidates for presidencies and chancellorships in the near term. We are not currently planning to do a program in 2015.

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Kim Bobby


The Inclusive Excellence Group is focused on programs, resources and research to foster greater diversity and inclusion in higher education, particularly within the senior leadership ranks. Learn more.


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.

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Claire Van Ummersen

Senior Advisor

The Institutional Leadership Group is focused on programs, resources and research that assist senior leaders in improving institutional capacity and effectiveness. Learn more.