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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 volatile and uncertain environment.

The ACE Institute for New Presidents consists of two in-person meetings that are highly participatory, incorporating interactive panels with experienced presidents and other experts, mini-case studies presented by program participants, conversations with peers from a range of institutions, and briefings by national experts. Sessions are facilitated by experienced and highly successful presidents and thought leaders. Our goal is to identify topics and issues of immediate concern to new presidents and provide the means to address them.

Upcoming Programs

Institute for New Presidents Class of 2017 (Registration closed)

Session One  March 10-11, 2017 - Washington, DC  |  Click here for more details.
Session Two  July 25-27, 2017 - Washington, DC

If you would like to be informed when registration opens, or would like more information on the program, please email

The Institute provides new presidents with:
  • Insights and lessons about the leadership challenges faced by new presidents.
  • Knowledge and skills for dealings with high-visibility, high-exposure, and unexpected challenges and opportunities.
  • Practical advice on working effectively with the media.
  • Increased understanding of how to assess and manage campus culture and change processes.
  • Practical advice on how to form and manage a highly effective executive team.
  • An extended professional network of fellow presidents from a cross-section of institutions.
  • A low-risk setting to test ideas.
Who should attend

Presidents within their first three years of service.

Registration Fees

​ACE Member Institution: $5,000    |    Non-ACE Member Institution: $6,000

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

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. Participants are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses - discounted hotel rates available for attendees registered for workshop. 

The ACE Institute for New Presidents is supported by a generous contribution from Fidelity Investments.​​​​​​​

Program Director

Jim Sirianni


Contact us about ACE Institute for New Presidents

Registration for the Class of 2017 is now closed.

Session Dates: 

March 10 - 11, 2017 - Washington, DC
July 25 - 27, 2017 - Washington, DC



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