The Academic Leader in the 21st Century

ACAD’s Annual Meeting program will feature sessions that academic administrators will find useful, challenging, and enriching. ACAD sessions are known for their emphasis on practice and the use of interactive methods of presentation and are open to all meeting attendees. 

ACAD 2nd Annual Deans’ Institute
Wednesday, January 23, 8:45 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

The Deans’ Institute is sponsored this year by Interfolio, Inc.

The Deans’ Institute provides an opportunity for ACAD members and other academic administrators to develop their leadership abilities in a supportive environment.  It is designed especially for associate deans, deans, provosts, and other academic leaders above the rank of department head.

ACAD members have been vocal in their requests for professional development activities focused specifically on the work life of academic deans and also for additional opportunities to interact and learn from each other.  This institute is the result.  It is intended to be an active process of gathering, exchanging, and trying out ideas and approaches to the job.

Input from ACAD members helps to shape the topics and challenges that the annual institute addresses.  Prior to each institute, the participants are asked to provide information on the work of deans and academic administrators so that the sessions are geared to their specific circumstances.

The goals of the day-long institute are:

  • Advancing the leadership abilities of deans and academic administrators
  • Sharing valuable information about the current state of the deanship
  • Providing updates on important developments in the world of higher education
  • Creating networking opportunities

Philip A. Glotzbach, President, Skidmore College; Kathleen Murray, Provost and Dean of the  Faculty, Macalester College; John Churchill, Secretary, The Phi Beta Kappa Society; Debra Humphreys, Vice Presi­dent for Policy and Public Engagement, AAC&U; Bonnie Irwin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Blair Lord, Provost and Vice Presi­dent for Academic Affairs—Both of Eastern Illinois University; Thomas Meyer, Dean, Academic Affairs, Broward College; Karen Erickson, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Southern New Hampshire University; Pamela Monaco, Vice President, Southwestern College Professional Studies;— Steve Goldenberg, Founder and Ceo And Julie Lundy, Marketing Communications Specialist—Both of Interfolio, Inc.; Bryan Alexander, Senior Fellow, NITLE; Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University; Marc Roy, Provost, Goucher College

A full Institute program can be found by visiting the ACAD website at

ACAD Keynote Luncheon
Friday, January 25, 11:45 a.m.

John Churchill, Secretary, The Phi Beta Kappa Society

The principal forces driving change in higher education in contemporary America, and in much of the world, embody skewed, incomplete conceptions of its nature and ends.  Beyond the efficient provision of a well-trained workforce, higher education is also about the cultivation of a broad spectrum of abilities across a wide swath of society—reading, writing, deliberative reasoning, breadth of perspective and intellectual agility, imaginative capacities, dispositions toward curiosity, learning, and sympathetic engagement with others.  The predominant contemporary forces are least likely to value the dimensions of higher education where the development of these abilities is most likely to happen.  While these abilities do contribute to the professional success of individuals, they also provide the fabric for democratic society—a society capable not only of pursuing its ends in reasonable and efficient ways, but also of choosing its ends in a deliberative way, and of changing them.  In order to be of truly practical usefulness to the country, higher education must now champion and embrace the liberal arts and sciences, for the sake of the abilities cultivated in those studies, and the influence of those abilities on America's future.

John Churchill is Secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest academic honorary society. He was educated at Rhodes College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa; at the University of Oxford,where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar; and at Yale University, where he was awarded the Ph.D.  Churchill was formerly vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Hendrix College, where he also served as professor of philosophy and twice as interim president.  John Churchill was president of the National Humanities Alliance, and has done editorial work for The Thomist, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, The International Philosophical Quarterly,and Choicemagazine.

ACAD Workshops
Wednesday, January 23, 2:00—5:00 p.m.

Becoming a CAO
This workshop is intended for faculty members, department chairs, or deans considering becoming CAOs.  The workshop will include four distinct yet interrelated “sessions.”   The first session will help participants assess whether they have the skills and aptitudes to be a successful CAO.  The second session will help them understand whether they have sufficient preparation, acquired either from projects, assignments, and accomplishments from their current and previous positions or through one of several formal preparation programs.  The third session will help them understand the two new challenges they will face as CAOs, working closely with a president and maintaining a life/work balance, given the very demanding work schedules CAOs must maintain.  The final session will bring the first three together and focus on succeeding in the search process.  It will include advice about the search process and working with search consultants and will also include hands-on exercises in preparing and evaluating application documents. These four interrelated sessions should help participants better assess if they are well suited to be a CAO, know if they are sufficiently prepared to begin a search, understand and be better prepared for the new challenges they will face, and succeed in the search process.     
Robert Holyer, Consultant, AGB Search; Katie Conboy, Provost, Stonehill College; William Craft, President, Concordia College-Moorhead; Stephanie Fabritius, Dean of the College, Centre College; Andrea Hamos, Associate Director, Emerging Leaders Group/ACE Fellows, American Council on Education;  Nayef Samhat, Provost, Kenyon College; Lorrie Clemo, Provost, State University of New York at Oswego; Jorge Gonzalez, Dean of the College, Occidental College, and Ann Woolford-Singh, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, Germanna Community College

An Introduction to Cost Modeling for Deans
In an era of limited financial resources and rapid academic innovation, cost modeling is an especially important tool for administrators of all levels.  While administrators from the finance office develop models of varying sophistication for university-wide resource allocation and decision making, this workshop will focus on models relevant to Deans.  Developing and maintaining reliable models helps Deans better allocate resources to prioritize and attain strategic priorities. To prepare for this session, we create one such model and detail each step on a blog.  Those who register for the workshop are invited to follow the blog in real time this fall and/or review its content prior to the workshop. 

During the workshop, we provide the context for such modeling work and the motivation for adapting it to an academic setting, and we summarize the content of our blog.  Topics covered include the following:  How has the business community used models in decision making, and how are such models relevant to Deans? What does an academic model look like and what resources do I need to create such a model?  What range of topics would be suitable for modeling?  How do I establish the credibility of my models?  We invite attendees to bring two to three problems with which they are currently wrestling.  By the end of the workshop, attendees will understand which of those problems best lend themselves to be modeled, the data needed to define and characterize the model, an approach to creating the model, and an understanding of the uncertainty inherent in the model.  Attendees with access to a laptop and spreadsheet software may leave the session with a simple, first-draft of their model already developed.
Gary A. Morris, Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Valparaiso University; and Tom Morris, St. Louis Traffic Accident Reconstruction

ACAD Sessions

  • Preparing Faculty to be Academic Leaders in the 21st Century
  • Shaping the Decade Ahead: Vision, Values & Actions
  • The Academic Leader as Advocate for Increased Internationalism
  • The Governance Imperative
  • Disruptive Leadership: Honoring Our Identities While Challenging Our Traditions
  • Assistant/Associate Deans—Leading from Unusual Places
  • Designing Summer Bridge Programs
  • The CLA in the Seminar Classroom:  An Anchor for the Practical Liberal Arts
  • So Now You Have Data—What Do You DO With It?

ACAD Reception
Friday, January 25, 5:30 p.m.

Hosted jointly by ACAD and the Phi Beta Kappa Society

For more information about the ACAD meeting, including a full program of events, please visit