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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.

2017-2018 Cohort (No longer accepting applications)

Session One    July 25-27, 2017 - Washington, DC
Session Two    November 29-30, 2017 - Albuquerque, NM
Session Three  March 10, 2018 - Washington, DC

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

Upcoming Programs
To receive an email notification for the next Institute for New CAOs, please complete the ACE Leadership Program Interest Form​.

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: $5,800    |    Non-ACE Member Institution: $6,600

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.




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