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Upcoming ACE Leadership Programs Provide Opportunities for CAOs at Every Level

April 05, 2017


​Aspiring, new and seasoned chief academic officers (CAOs) have multiple opportunities to hone their leadership skills through ACE programs in 2017.

ACE’s Advancing to the Chief Academic Office is a new two-day workshop designed specifically for mid-career administrators (typically at the department chair level or above) who will be seeking a CAO position within the next two years. Similar to ACE’s Advancing to the Presidency workshop, this program will focus specifically on the tools and skills necessary to ascend to the next level of college and university administration.

The workshop will be held Oct. 2-3​​ in Washington, DC. Please click here​ to apply. 

The ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers is a nine-month program consisting of three meetings that aims to identify topics and issues of immediate concern to new academic vice presidents and provide the means to address them.

Each convening is highly participatory, incorporating interactive panels with experienced CAOs, mini-case studies presented by program participants, conversations with peers from a range of institutions and briefings by national experts. This program is a valuable opportunity to forge connections with peers who are facing similar challenges in their new roles.

The first session for the 2017-18 Institute will take place July 25-27 in Washington, DC. Other meeting dates are Nov. 28-30 in Albuquerque, NM and March 9-10, 2018, in Washington, DC.  

ACE’s Advancing to the Presidency workshop is designed for CAOs and other administrators at the dean’s level and above who are planning to seek a college or university presidency in the next several years. The aim of the program is to provide leaders with the tools and skills necessary to obtain a college or university CEO position, such as honing in on the types of institutions likely to be a good fit and developing a concrete presidential search strategy.

Participants can expect to receive practical training, including mock video-taped interviews and CV/resume critiques, obtain an understanding of the search process through candid conversations with search firm executives and learn the ins and outs of contract negotiation.

The workshop will be held Oct. 16-17 in Washington, DC. If you would like to be informed when registration opens, or would like more information on the program, please email​

For more information about any of these programs, please email

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