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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.

Designed for presidents within their first three years of service, 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.

About the Institute

The ACE Institute for New Presidents 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.

For more information, email us at or call 202-939-9728.

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

Program Staff

Jim Sirianni


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Class of 2017

Session Dates:

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


ACE Member Institution: $5,000
Non-ACE Member Institution: $6,000
Participants are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses.

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