Skip to content
 
Executive Leadership Symposium: Aspiring to the Presidency

Executive Leadership Symposium:

2015 ASPIRING TO THE PRESIDENCY

June 24 – 26, 2015

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire

 

 

The symposium, now in its tenth 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, vice presidents, deans and other administrators. Several have since become college and university presidents.

 

This 3-day conference explores 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.

Please Note: The printed invoice for this symposium will read “Executive Leadership Summit, June 24-26, 2015.”

 

Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to meet individually with personnel from a higher education search firm.

 

We encourage you to enroll at your earliest opportunity. Enrollment will be limited in order to ensure an intimate and engaging experience.

Past Participants and their New Opportunities:

  • Dan Eck - President, Lakeland College
  • Evelyn Ellis - Reginal Chancellor, Western Kentucky University
  • Barbara Farley - President, Illinois College
  • Scott Flanagan - President, Edgewood College
  • Joe Gow – Chancellor, UW-LaCrosse
  • Tom Jackson - President, Black Hills State University
  • Patricia Lynott - Provost, Senior VP for Academic Affairs, Southern New Hampshire Univ.
  • John Marsden - President, Midway College
  • Craig Phelps - President, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
  • Ezat Parnia – President, Pacific Oaks College
  • Tom Pleger - President, Lake Superior State University
  • Bernie Patterson – Chancellor, UW-Stevens Point
  • Martha K. Shouldis – President, St. Vincent’s College
  • Jay Simmons – President, Simpson College 
  • Donald Taylor - President, Cabrini College
  • Kelly Thompson - President, Culver-Stockton College
  • Troy VanAken - President, Thiel College
  • Jann Weitzel - President, Cottey College

Registration price: $900/person (Early bird $800) includes:

  • Housing
  • All materials
  • All meals, including special events for attendees

There are no additional charges or fees

 

 

 

June 24 - 26, 2015

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire
 

Questions? Please call Cristie Jacobs at 608-663-2262

 

Stamats

 

Jenzabar

 

The Council on Independant Colleges

 

Edgewood College

 

Saint Anselm College

 

Southern New Hampshire

 

 

"I did not think there was anything I would learn at this symposium that I already did not know. I was wrong. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity…"

 

Program

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

3:00 pm

Campus Tours available

 

Coffee Shop - Campus Map #7

3:30 pm

Registration

Coffee Shop

 

4:00 pm

Opening Session

“Navigating the Search Process”

Jan Asnicar, EFL Associates
 

5:00 pm

Welcome and Evening Address

"Leadership from the Public Side"

Todd Leach, Chancellor, University System of New Hampshire

6:15 pm

Reception

 

7:00 pm

Dinner & Dessert Social Hour

Saint Anselm campus update
Pub

 

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

 

 

8:30 am

Session A

“Characteristics of a Successful President”
Harry Peterson, President Emeritus, Western State Colorado University

9:30 am

Session B

“What is the Job of President Really Like?”
Dan Carey, President Emeritus, Edgewood College

10:30 am

Break

 

10:45 am

Session C

 

 

“Taking Colleges From “Surviving to Thriving”

Joretta Nelson, Vice President/Owner, Credo

12:00 pm

Lunch

 

1:15 pm

Session D

"Preparing Leaders for the Challenges and Opportunities

Facing Higher Ed Today and Tomorrow"

Bob Sevier, Senior Vice President, Strategy, STAMATS

2:30 pm

Session E

"External Pressure and the Presidency: Reporters, Lawmakers and the Public"
Paul Fain, Insider Higher Ed
&
Neil Levesque, Executive Director
New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College

3:30 pm

Session F

The Mystique of Presidential Fundraiser: Research, Readiness, Rituals, Response”
Steve DiSalvo, President
Saint Anselm College

4:45 pm

Break

Time to refresh

6:00 pm

Cocktails
&
Social Hour

 

6:30 pm

Dinner

 

 

 

Friday, June 26, 2015

7:45 am

Continental Breakfast

 

8:15 am

Session G

"Reputation Management: The New Critical Presidential Imperative"

Scott O. Ochander, V.P. for Enrollment & Marketing, Manchester University

9:30 am

Break

 

9:40 am

Session H

“Strategic Finance”
Kent Chabotar, President Emeritus, Guilford College
 

11:00 am

Break

 

11:15 pm          

Roundtable Session

"Reflections on One Path to the Presidency"
Mary Pat Seurkamp, President Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University
 

12:00 pm

Q & A

Q & A

Facilitators: Dan Carey, Steve DiSalvo, Harry Peterson, Mary Pat Seurkamp

 

12:30 pm

Lunch

Next Steps; Plan of Action; Evaluation of Conference; Feedback; Adjourn

 

June 24 - 26, 2015

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire
 

Questions? Please call Cristie Jacobs at 608-663-2262

 

Stamats

 

Jenzabar

 

The Council on Independant Colleges

 

Edgewood College

 

Saint Anselm College

 

Southern New Hampshire

 

 

"I did not think there was anything I would learn at this symposium that I already did not know. I was wrong. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity…"

 

Speakers

 

June 24 – 26, 2015

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire
 

Questions? Please call Cristie Jacobs at 608-663-2262

 

Stamats

 

Jenzabar

 

The Council on Independant Colleges

 

Edgewood College

 

Saint Anselm College

 

Southern New Hampshire

 

 

"Connecting with people with a similar world view, and similar level of passion for what we do is a priceless gift!"

Jan Asnicar

Jan Asnicar

Senior Vice President & Managing Director, EFL Associates

Dr. Daniel J. Carey

Dr. Daniel J. Carey

President Emeritus, Edgewood College

 
Kent Chabotar

Kent Chabotar

President Emeritus, Guilford College

Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo

Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo

President, Saint Anselm College

 
Paul Fain

Paul Fain

Senior Report, Inside Higher Ed

Todd J. Leach

Todd J. Leach

Chancellor, University System of New Hampshire

 
Neil Levesque

Neil Levesque

Executive Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library at Saint Anselm College

Joretta Nelson

Joretta Nelson

Vice President / Owner, Credo

 
Scott Ochander

Scott Ochander

VP for Enrollment & Marketing

Harry L. Peterson

Harry L. Peterson

President Emeritus, Western State Colorado University

 
Mary Pat Seurkamp

Mary Pat Seurkamp

President Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Robert A. Sevier Ph.D.

Robert A. Sevier Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Strategy, STAMATS