The Presidents' Trust

The AAC&U Presidents’ Trust is a diverse network of 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.

Benefits of Trust Membership

As part of a diverse network of higher education leaders, members of the Presidents’ Trust are provided a number of valuable resources, including:

  • Complimentary access to the Presidents’ Trust Symposium held during AAC&U’s Annual Meeting. The seminar is designed to engage participants in discussion and strategy-building around the most pressing issues facing higher education. The seminar also provides valuable networking opportunities for Trust members to meet and interact with leaders across higher education.
  • Specially designated platforms through AAC&U media outlets for sharing thought leadership and campus initiatives of Trust members, including the AAC&U News monthly newsletter, social media, and AAC&U publications.
  • Quarterly email updates to Trust members that provide specially curated resources, including recent articles or writings of Trust members, findings and highlights from AAC&U initiatives and other national initiatives, and summaries of relevant research in the field.
  • Quarterly access to National Civic Review, a publication of the National Civic League, aimed at fostering healthy, equitable, and thriving communities. 

How to Join

Membership in the Presidents’ Trust is open to all chief executive officers of AAC&U institutional members, as well as CEOs of foundations and associations. Membership dues for the Trust are assessed on an annual basis and in accordance with AAC&U’s practices for calculating dues for institutional memberships. For more information about joining the Presidents’ Trust, please contact Stephenie Brooks-Maynard, Senior Director of Membership, at

Presidents' Trust Thought Leadership

The Presidents’ Trust is a leadership group of more than 200 college and university presidents from all institutional types who are committed to advocating for the value of liberal education and inclusive excellence and rebuilding public trust in higher education.