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ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

The Academy prepares department chairs to serve as leaders who contribute to the broad institutional mission.

The ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs is a 2-day workshop that prepares department chairs for their roles as institutional leaders who can advance their programs and contribute to the larger mission of their colleges or universities. Under the guidance of experienced college and university leaders, participants explore best practices for leading departments in times of change. The format includes case studies, tabletop discussions, simulations on key leadership issues, and peer-to-peer sharing about achieving departmental success.

Upcoming Program

Who Should Attend
          Department chairs, Division heads, Program directors, and Unit leaders

  • Early Bird Registration: ACE Member Institution: $1,500   |   Non-ACE Member Institution: $1,800
  • General Registration: ACE Member Institution: $1,550     Non-ACE Member Institution: $1,850
  • Team Registration: Team discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same institution. After the first participant registers at full price, each additional registrant from the same institution qualifies for a $75 discount. To receive the discount, contact Connie Banks at to arrange payment at the discounted rate.




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 scholarship opportunities, please email  


Program Director

Sherri Hughes

Assistant Vice President

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