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Advancing to the CAO

A two-day workshop designed specifically for mid-career administrators who will be seeking a CAO position within the next 2 years.


​Becoming a college or university chief academic officer requires a keen understanding of oneself and the search process and a solid game plan for transition into the position. Designed specifically for mid-career administrators (typically department chairs and above) who will be seeking a CAO position within the next 2 years, this 2-day workshop focuses on:

  • Developing an effective CAO search strategy
  • Practical training, including mock video-taped interviews and CV/resume critiques
  • Gaining a better understanding of the search process through candid conversations with search firm executives
  • Contract negotiation
  • Transitioning successfully into a CAO position
  • CAO leadership
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If you would like to be informed when registration opens, or would like more information on the program, please email

Program Cost
  • ACE Member Institutions: $1,700  |   Non-ACE Member Institutions: $2,000

Participants are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses.

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

Who Should Participate

Mid-career administrators (typically at the department chair level or above) planning to seek a CAO position within the next 2 years are eligible to apply. ACE will select approximately 30 individuals who represent diverse backgrounds across all different institutional types.

Additional Information

For questions regarding your participation, membership, program costs, etc., send an email to or call 202-939-9376.​​​​​​​

Program Application

Advancing to the CAO

October 2-3, 2017

National Center for Higher Education
Washington, DC

ACE Member Institution: $1,700
Non-ACE Member Institution: $2,000

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