Webinar Series

AAC&U Presidents' Trust: Moral Distress in Higher Education Leadership

Virtual Town Halls for College/University Presidents and Board Chairs

Series Overview

The AAC&U Presidents’ Trust invites you to a series of virtual town hall meetings focused on issues causing moral distress for today’s college and university presidents. Moral distress, often discussed in the context of healthcare, occurs when one knows the ethically correct action to take but feels powerless to take that action. Leaders in higher education face moral distress when there is conflict between the values of the individual, the institution, and/or the community or legal system governing that community.

Presented by the AAC&U Presidents’ Trust, this series is intended for higher education leaders and partners, and complimentary for members of AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust and their board chairs. Higher education boards can be an important source of support for leaders and campuses in times of moral distress, and an impactful voice and force for liberal education.


  • Paul Butler

    Paul Butler

    Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Ainsley Carry

    Ainsley Carry

    Vice-President for Students, University of British Columbia
  • Mike Flores

    Mike Flores

    Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District
  • Julio Frenk

    Julio Frenk

    President, University of Miami
  • Tuajuanda Jordan

    Tuajuanda Jordan

    President, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Frederick M. Lawrence

    Frederick Lawrence

    Secretary and CEO, The Phi Beta Kappa Society; Distinguished Lecturer in Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Lynn Pasquerella

    Lynn Pasquerella

    President, AAC&U
  • Henry Reichman

    Henry Reichman

    Former Chair, AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure; Professor Emeritus, California State University-East Bay
  • Michael Roth

    Michael Roth

    President, Wesleyan University
  • G. Gabrielle Starr

    G. Gabrielle Starr

    President, Pomona College
  • Lori S. White

    Lori S. White

    President, DePauw University
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About the Presidents' Trust

The AAC&U Presidents’ Trust is a diverse network of over 500 chief executive officers who are committed to advancing the vision, values, and practices that connect liberal education with the needs of an increasingly diverse student body, a global workforce, and thriving communities. Membership in the Trust provides CEOs with access to dedicated resources and events that support these efforts as well as exclusive opportunities to promote their thought leadership.


Presidents are invited to attend these sessions with the chair of your board, so that both you and your board can gain a better sense of the roles of presidents and boards in addressing these issues on your campus.

This series is complimentary for members of AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust and one accompanying board member. Registration for each event is $125 per person for nonmembers and additional board members. Register by going to the event page.

All participants must pre-register.

For registration questions, cancellations, and refund requests, please contact AAC&U staff at [email protected] or at 202-387-3760.