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ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers

The ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) 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.

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 participants 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.
Institute Cost 

Fee for 2015-2016 Class: ACE Member Institution: $4,620; Non-Members Institutions: $5,220. Participants are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses.

Additional Information 

For questions regarding your participation, membership, institute costs, etc., please send an email to To speak with a staff person please call 202-939-9728.



  • Wendy K. Wilkins

    Executive Vice President and Provost, Emerita New Mexico State University

  • Barbara Lyman

    Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Shippensburg University

  • Mark Becker

    President at Georgia State University

Program Staff

Jim Sirianni


Deborah Ingram Allen

Senior Program Manager

Debbie Knox

Senior Program Manager

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Class of 2015-2016

In Person Session Dates:

July 28-30, 2015 - Washington, DC
Dec. 1-3, 2015 - New Orleans, LA
March 11-12, 2016 - San Francisco, CA


ACE Members: $4,620
Non-Members: $5,220

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