2018 Presidents Institute to Consider Resilience and Innovation as Pathways to Excellence

Education for America's Future 

Exploring the theme “Pathways to Excellence: Resilience and Innovation” and other important leadership issues, CIC’s 2018 Presidents Institute will return to Marco Island, Florida, January 4–7. During sessions, workshops, and other activities, presidents will discuss how to lead institutions with cogency, creativity, and agility in challenging times. The largest annual meeting of college and university presidents in the country, the Institute provides a forum for candid discussion of critical issues, opportunities to learn from experts, and time to network with presidential colleagues who lead similar institutions.

The Institute will feature numerous experts as well as seasoned college presidents and scholars. Plenary speakers confirmed to date will cover a diverse range of topics:
  • David Leonhardt, op-ed columnist and founding editor of the New York Times’s “The Upshot,” will consider “What's at Stake for Independent Colleges in Our Turbulent World?”;
  • Michael D. Rhodin, former senior vice president of Watson Business Development, IBM, will share his thoughts on “Innovation and ‘Intrepreneurship’ for Independent Higher Education”; and
  • A panel on “Resilient and Innovative Presidential Leadership” will feature CIC presidents Mary B. Marcy of Dominican University of California, Kevin M. Ross of Lynn University (FL), and John I. Williams, Jr. of Muhlenberg College (PA).
Past participants have praised many aspects of the program. After the 2017 Institute, Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones remarked, “The Presidents Institute is informative, interactive, and of greater benefit than any other professional meeting I attend. The quality and relevance of the sessions and the time for informal conversation with colleagues are superb.”

The 2018 Institute includes the New Presidents Program on January 3–4, the Presidents Governance Academy on January 3–4, and a full Spouses and Partners Program on January 4–7.

All program sessions of the Institute will take place at the JW Marriott Marco Island Hotel. Participants will need to register for the Presidents Institute first in order to make a hotel reservation at the CIC discounted rate of $246 per night. Reservation details, including the discount code, will be provided to Institute participants with the confirmation email once registration is completed. Registration for the Institute will open in early August. For more information, visit the Presidents Institute website.