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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
Upcoming Program
  • October 2018 - Washington, DC at the National Center for Higher Education

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 participants 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.​​​​​​​​​​​


 Scholarships Available


These scholarships are to enable a select group of candidates from all sectors of higher education to participate in ACE’s signature leadership development programs. The Fidelity Investments scholarships are tied to ACE’s broader leadership development initiative designed to advance women and persons of color into the presidency and other leadership roles. Preference will be given to candidates from under- represented populations within higher education’s senior leadership ranks and to those candidates whose institutions lack the necessary resources to cover program attendance costs.

To inquire about available scholarship opportunities, please contact Deborah Ingram Allen at  


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