Aspiring to the Presidency: A Symposium — June 13-16

June 13 to June 16, 2010
Southern New Hampshire University
Manchester, N.H.
Registration price: $750/person includes single room (shared bath) and meals and workshops. There are no additional charges or fees.

Southern New Hampshire University is proud and excited to host the 2010 President’s Symposium for aspiring university presidents.

        “The Aspiring to the Presidency Symposium is an excellent way to gain a clear
          understanding of and prepare for the presidency. The seminar provides a
          practical and engaging experience and clarifies many issues regarding what
          the presidency involves. It also gave me an outstanding network of new
          colleagues and experienced college presidents/leaders to call upon in
          the future.”

          Carolyn Wiley
          Professor of Management, Roosevelt University

The symposium, now in its fifth year, is designed to help mid- and senior-level college and university administrators as they consider whether to pursue the post of president. Past participants have included provosts, academic vice presidents, deans and other administrators; several have since become college and university presidents.

This 4-day conference will explore the characteristics and roles of a successful president, how one acquires the necessary skills and prepares to apply for the role, how the role of president can be a rewarding vocation and how the right presidential fit can make a difference in the lives of others.

This year's speakers will include renowned fundraising expert Jerold Panas and Judith McLaughlin, director of the Higher Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Educational Chair for the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents.  We kick off on the evening of the 13th with Paul Fain, Senior Reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education covering presidents, boards, and finance.

Three of our presenters have published books on the college presidency within the past two years. The symposium includes three optional workshops (included in the price) for those who want more in-depth time on the topics of Board management, finance, and fund-raising.

Sample sessions include:

  • Becoming an Effective Fundraiser
  • No Boundaries: the Public and Private Lives of Presidents
  • When Things Go Wrong: What Can We Learn?
  • Surviving and Thriving the Search Process: It's Not So Bad
  • Finding a Sense of Vocation: Meaning and Motivation
  • The Preparation Checklist: Do I Have To Be Good at Everything?

Sunday the 13th
-Optional Pre-Symposium Workshop from Noon to 4PM: Board Relationships
-Opening Presentation: Paul Fain – 6PM followed by dinner

 Monday and Tuesday the 14th and 15th
-Topic Sessions (see the sample list above)
-Tuesday night is the closing dinner.

Wednesday the 16th
-Optional Post-Symposium Workshops
-Morning: College Finance 101
-Afternoon: Fund Raising 101

The number of participants is intentionally limited to allow for a certain level of intimacy as well as informal chats and networking.   One-on-one sessions with search consultants will also be available.

Our campus is located only one hour north of Boston and 15 minutes from Manchester-Boston regional airport.

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Contact Us

Lisa Jennings
Phone: 603.645.9631