Joint AAC&U/ACAD Session

Next-Gen Leadership: Building an Inclusive Pipeline of Changemakers

Friday, January 24, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

This session, held jointly by AAC&U and American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), welcomes leaders at all levels to discuss and reflect upon the issues that create barriers to leadership, particularly for rising leaders of color.

In May 2018, the Chronicle of Higher Education posed the question, “Is College President ‘the toughest Job in the Nation’?” Whether rhetorical or not – the question deserves consideration. Amid scandals, scarce resources, waning public support, and persistent disinvestment by state and federal governments, what will encourage the next generation of college leaders to take the helm? And, equally important, what will ensure that the pipeline of talent is populated with future leaders who reflect the increasingly diverse population of college students?

Session Outcomes

Participants will explore strategies for supporting professional development and mentorship at the campus and national levels that will promote inclusive excellence and sustained change leadership for years to come.


Registration is required for this session and seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for this session does not guarantee a seat. Please plan to arrive early to secure your spot.

AAC&U/ACAD Joint Session Registration Information