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ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers

The ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers provides practical executive leadership development for CAOs in their first 3 years on the job.

Begun in 2005, the Institute is an annual program with 3 sessions throughout the year. Each session is highly participatory, using a combination of discussions facilitated by experienced CAOs and presidents, case studies presented by program participants, conversations with peers from diverse institutions, and briefings by national experts. Our goals are to identify topics and issues of immediate concern to new academic vice presidents and provide the means to address them. Invest in your institution through this investment in leadership.

2018-2019 Cohort

Session One    July 25-26, 2018 - Washington, DC
Session Two    November 28-29, 2018 - Phoenix, AZ
Session Three  March 12, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

If you would like to be informed when applications are being accepted, or would like more information on the program, please email

The Institute Provides New CAOs with:
  • Lessons and insights about the leadership challenges faced by CAOs.
  • Different (and competing) perspectives from peers with different experiences.
  • A low-risk setting to test ideas.
  • An understanding of how common issues and challenges play out in different types of institutions.
  • An extended professional network of fellow CAOs from a cross-section of institutions.
Who Participates

The CAO applicants are joined by experienced CAOs and presidents at each of the 3 meetings to facilitate conversations and serve as resources.

What to Expect

All sessions are highly participatory and use a combination of the following:

  • Mini-case studies written and presented by participating CAOs.
  • Facilitated discussions with seasoned CAOs.
  • Cross-sector and intra-sector conversations.
  • Short briefings on key issues with national leaders.

​ACE Member Institution: $7,000    |    Non-ACE Member Institution: $7,800

If you are unsure whether your institution is an ACE member institution, please check the ACE Members & Associates Directory.

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




 Scholarships Available


These scholarships are to enable a select group of candidates from all sectors of higher education to participate in ACE’s signature leadership development programs. The Fidelity Investments scholarships are tied to ACE’s broader leadership development initiative designed to advance women and persons of color into the presidency and other leadership roles. Preference will be given to candidates from under- represented populations within higher education’s senior leadership ranks and to those candidates whose institutions lack the necessary resources to cover program attendance costs.

To inquire about available scholarship opportunities, please contact Deborah Ingram Allen at  


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