Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers: Classic and Contemporary Readings

“The Colloquium was wonderful in every way and one I would highly recommend for any provost. It explored critical areas of leadership, offered time for reflection, and provided a network of peers with whom to discuss ideas. It was stimulating and forced me to stretch intellectually in ways I did not expect.”
—Evelyn Quinn, Provost, Georgian Court University

CIC periodically offers a leadership colloquium for chief academic officers. The colloquium is designed to engage participants in a selection of cases drawn from classical and contemporary thought and bring them into relevance to the situations faced by today's chief academic officers. The pleasures of reading familiar works anew are combined with the practical benefit of reflection on their relevance to contemporary academic leadership issues. The seminar helps prepare chief academic officers for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, to understand complex and unprecedented situations, and be prepared to bring into practical use the best strategic wisdom.
This Colloquium is made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

 Date and Location

The seminar will begin with dinner on Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Loews Hotel in historic Annapolis, Maryland, and end with lunch on Friday, August 1.

John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will serve as moderator of this colloquium. The seminar will follow a pattern of discussion in the mornings and during lunch and unstructured time in the afternoons for reflection on the day’s topics and preparation for the next day’s discussion. Sometimes the seminar will meet in the evenings; on other evenings, seminar participants will be free to explore Annapolis.


The registration fee is $750 for the five-day seminar—including the seminar itself, seminar materials, lodging at Loews, all breakfasts and lunches, and some dinners. Although the full cost per participant is approximately $3,800, the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation makes the lower comprehensive seminar fee possible. In addition, some support for travel costs is available to institutions with unusually limited funds for professional development.


Questions regarding the Colloquium on Leadership for CAOs should be directed to Barbara Hetrick, CIC senior vice president, at or (202) 466-7230