Education for America’s Future

2017 Presidents Institute 1/4/2017 1/4/2017 1/4/20171/7/20171/7/20171/7/2017 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel Orlando, Florida

About the Institute

Pre-Institute Resources

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Independent colleges and universities prepare graduates in the liberal arts and professional fields to become the leaders of America’s communities and workplaces. With today’s fast-changing labor market, the best undergraduate education assures that new graduates will be knowledgeable, creative, and adaptable. Independent colleges educate students for an enduring life of the mind and develop in those students the skills and capacities that their immediate and future employers seek. This ability to develop both intellectual and practical skills powers American innovation and productivity.

Despite mounting evidence of the utility of an independent college education, presidents must continually cite these outcomes for prospective students and their parents, public officials, donors, and trustees. How can independent college and university presidents respond effectively to questions about employment prospects for graduates whose education is grounded in the liberal arts? How can presidents demonstrate that a liberal arts education plays a key role in workforce development and America’s economic future? What choices should presidents make to keep their institutions affordable, of high quality, and in demand? Do some choices in curriculum design, pedagogy, financing, and organizational structure make more sense than others? How can presidents lead their institutions with confidence that they are faithful to their distinctive missions, relentless in meeting high-quality educational standards, and accessible to the rich diversity of American society?

CIC’s 2017 Presidents Institute—the largest annual meeting of college and university presidents in the country—will explore these and other issues of presidential leadership, drawing on the lessons learned by experienced presidents and the perspectives of other distinguished speakers. The Institute provides a forum for candid discussion of critical issues, opportunities to learn from experts, and occasions to network with presidential colleagues who lead similar institutions.

Featured Speakers

 

 

Schedule

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New Presidents Program

Including Spouses and Partners of New Presidents
 
Tuesday, January 3 • 8:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 4 • 7:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Ellucian

CIC’s annual New Presidents Program, held immediately prior to the Presidents Institute, provides the “need to know” tools and the counsel that will keep a young presidency on a smooth course. This year’s program includes sessions on financial fundamentals, enrollment and marketing, board relations, building the senior team, institutional advancement, and strategic and innovative presidential leadership, among other key topics. The program also provides informal opportunities for conversations about institutional mission, culture, and work-life balance. The presenters are experienced presidents and spouses, many of whom are alumni of the program. Ample opportunities also are provided to meet and exchange ideas with others who are new to the office. The program for spouses and partners of recently appointed presidents runs concurrently, with opportunities for both large and small group discussions.
 
The registration fees for the New Presidents Program are $400 for presidents and $300 for spouses and partners; the fees include all program meals and materials. Please pre-register for this program. To add this program to an existing registration, please contact Sherita Ashmon, CIC conference manager, by email at sashmon@cic.nche.edu or by phone at (202) 466-7230.
 

Tuesday, January 3

 

Breakfast for New Presidents and Spouses and Partners

8:00–8:45 a.m.
 

Sessions for New Presidents

9:00–9:15 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Mary Pat Seurkamp, Senior Advisor and Director, CIC New Presidents Program, and President Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University
 
9:15–10:15 a.m.

Making Connections

L. Jay Lemons, President, Susquehanna University
 
10:15–10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break


10:30–11:30 a.m.

The Changed Environment for Presidential Leadership: Innovation and Beyond

Paul Hennigan, President, Point Park University
Mary B. Marcy, President, Dominican University of California
 
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

I Wish I Had Known What I Know Now

Colette Pierce Burnette, President, Huston-Tillotson University
Thomas J. Minar, President, Franklin College (IN)
 

Sessions for Spouses and Partners of New Presidents

9:00–9:15 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Katherine M. Whatley, Senior Vice President, CIC
Session Facilitators: Robert Haring-Smith, Presidential Spouse, Washington & Jefferson College, and Lynne C. Joyce, Presidential Spouse, Brevard College
 
9:15–10:30 a.m.

Making Connections

 
10:30–10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break


10:45–11:45 a.m.

Paths to Success: Varied Approaches to the Presidential Spouse and Partner Role

 
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Higher Education in a Half Hour

 

Luncheon for New Presidents and Spouses and Partners

12:30–1:45 p.m.
Welcome: Carol A. Leary, President, Bay Path University, and Chair, CIC New Presidents Program Advisory Committee
Remarks: Jennifer L. Braaten, President Emerita, Ferrum College
 

Sessions for New Presidents

2:00–3:15 p.m.

Financial Fundamentals and Strategies for the New President

Roger D. Drake, President, Central Methodist University
 
3:15–3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break


3:30–4:30 p.m.

Enrollment, Marketing, and Today’s Students: Getting Them and Keeping Them

Mary Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict
Gerard J. Rooney, President, St. John Fisher College
 

Sessions for Spouses and Partners of New Presidents

Session Facilitators: Robert Haring-Smith and Lynne C. Joyce
2:00–3:15 p.m.

Getting Off to a Great Start

 
3:15–3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break


3:30–4:30 p.m.

Building Trust

 

Reception for New Presidents and Spouses and Partners

6:30–7:00 p.m.

Dinner for New Presidents and Spouses and Partners

7:00–8:30 p.m.
Hosts: Mary B. Marcy, President, Dominican University of California, and Robert Haring-Smith, Presidential Spouse, Washington & Jefferson College
Remarks: Richard Ekman, President, CIC
 

Wednesday, January 4

 

Sessions for New Presidents

7:15–8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

 
8:15–9:00 a.m.

Dancing with Those You Inherited—Building the Senior Team

Mary-Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College
Arvid C. Johnson, President, University of St. Francis (IL)
 
9:00–10:45 a.m.

Working with the Board—Basics and Beyond

Thomas F. Flynn, President, Alvernia University
Wendy B. Libby, President, Stetson University
Moderator: Douglas M. Orr, President Emeritus, Warren Wilson College
 

Sessions for Spouses and Partners of New Presidents

7:15–8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

 
8:15–9:15 a.m.

Dealing with Change

Session Facilitators: Robert Haring-Smith and Lynne C. Joyce

9:15–10:45 a.m.

Making the Role Work for You

 

Joint Sessions for New Presidents and Spouses and Partners

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

The President and Institutional Advancement

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President, Trinity College (CT)
Robert Haring-Smith, Presidential Spouse, Washington & Jefferson College
David C. Joyce, President, Brevard College
 
12:30–2:00 p.m.

Luncheon—You Got the Job, Now What?

William T. Luckey, Jr., President, Lindsey Wilson College
 

Sessions for New Presidents

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Questions

Mary Pat Seurkamp
 

Sessions for Spouses and Partners of New Presidents

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Taking Charge of Your Role: Closing Remarks and Questions

Robert Haring-Smith and Lynne C. Joyce

Program for Presidential Spouses and Partners

Sponsored by TIAA

Developed by an advisory group of presidential spouses, the Program for Presidential Spouses and Partners—the oldest and largest of its kind in the country—runs concurrently with the program for presidents and provides opportunities to share information and advice. Spouses and partners of presidents also are welcome at sessions for presidents, unless otherwise noted. As additional speakers and sessions are confirmed, information will be added to this page.
 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5

 
7:15–8:15 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

Presidential spouses and partners are invited to participate in discussions organized by years of service. Participants will determine the discussion topics.
 

First-Year Spouses and Partners

Pamela Fleming, Presidential Spouse, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Second-Year Spouses and Partners

Ursula McCarty, Presidential Spouse, Southern Vermont College

Third-Year Spouses and Partners

Caryn Thurman, Presidential Spouse, University of the Southwest

Fourth to Fifth-Year Spouses and Partners

Mary Domes, Presidential Spouse, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

Sixth to Seventh-Year Spouses and Partners

Norman G. Knight, Presidential Spouse, Pacific Union College

Eighth to Tenth-Year Spouses and Partners

Cheryl E. Perkins, Retired Presidential Spouse, Virginia Union University

Eleventh-Year and Above Spouses and Partners

Sheila J. Garren, Presidential Spouse, Lynchburg College

10:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Welcome, Address, and Luncheon

The Presidential Spouse or Partner: A Changing Role in Higher Education

Many college, university, and system leaders have significant others, but few studies have examined their campus roles, responsibilities, and perspectives. In spring 2016, researchers at the University of Minnesota surveyed spouses and partners across various institutional types, as a follow-up to a 1983 survey, seeking data to describe these institutional players in a contemporary context. The purpose of the study was to inform practice, governance, and leadership in higher education and to identify avenues for future research. The results of the current study highlight the nature and scope of the roles and respondents’ involvement with them. Members of the research team also will present research findings on the availability and management of official presidential residences, personal and professional pursuits of spouses and partners, and rewards and challenges of the roles. The team will discuss how the roles of presidential spouses and partners have changed over the last 30 years.

Gwendolyn H. Freed is chief development officer at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota and teaches in the Private College Leadership Certificate program at the University’s College of Continuing Education. Previously, she served as vice president for institutional advancement at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and vice president for marketing and communication at Gustavus Adolphus College, among other positions. She is an investigator for the 2016 survey of presidential spouses and partners. Freed’s writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Chronicle of Higher Education. Her primary research interests include governance and leadership, external relations, and organizational identity in higher education. An alumna of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management, she holds a PhD in educational policy and administration and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, as well as music degrees from the Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory.
 
Darwin D. Hendel is an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota and is the principal investigator for the 2016 survey of presidential spouses and partners. His research involves addressing student and faculty issues in higher education from the perspective of differential psychology, with a particular interest in institutional planning, performance, and accountability; student performance, retention, and satisfaction; and the evaluation of teaching and measurement of learning. Hendel earned a BA from Saint John’s University (MN) in mathematics and psychology and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in psychology.

Chair: Traci Corey, Presidential Spouse, Olivet College
 
2:00–3:00 p.m.

Networking Discussion Session: Meet and Greet

Presidential spouses and partners are invited to gather for a lively social event that will provide an opportunity to talk with other spouses and partners, one at a time, about topics of mutual interest. Come meet new friends and greet dear ones.
Facilitators: Christy Colson, Presidential Spouse, Wartburg College, and Beth Searcy, Presidential Spouse, Barton College


FRIDAY, JANUARY 6

 
7:15–8:15 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

 

Balancing Privacy with a Public Role

Traci Corey, Presidential Spouse, Olivet College

Getting Involved in the Community

Jennifer Troha, Presidential Spouse, Juniata College

Issues Facing Male Spouses

Roger Fell, Presidential Spouse, The University of Findlay

Spouses and Partners from Institutions in Small Towns

Rachel Rumple-Comerford, Presidential Spouse, Blackburn College

Starting a Campus Book Discussion Group

Allyson Laackman, Presidential Spouse, Champlain College

Thanking Helpers on Campus

Jane Easter Bahls, Presidential Spouse, Augustana College (IL)

10:15–11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

 

Tips for Being Healthy in the Role of Presidential Spouse or Partner

The role of presidential spouse or partner is full of joys, challenges, and stresses. There are many scheduling demands, events to attend, and family members to look after, as well as jobs and opportunities for travel. This session will explore yoga and meditation techniques that can be used anywhere, anytime, with no need for special clothing or gear.
Sara Titus, Presidential Spouse, Iowa Wesleyan University
Chair: Laurie Roelofs, Presidential Spouse, Berea College

Joint Session with Presidents


The 2016 Survey of Presidential Spouses and Partners

As a follow-up to a 1983 survey, in spring 2016, researchers at the University of Minnesota surveyed spouses and partners of presidents across various institutional types seeking data to describe these institutional players in their contemporary context. Members of the research team will present an overview of the results and lead a discussion with CIC-member spouses and partners on the significance of the findings.
Christine Burns-DiBiasio, Presidential Spouse, Ohio Northern University
Daniel A. DiBiasio, President, Ohio Northern University
Gwendolyn H. Freed, Chief Development Officer, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Pamela J. Gunter-Smith, President, York College of Pennsylvania
Darwin D. Hendel, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
J. Lawrence Smith, Presidential Spouse, York College of Pennsylvania
Chair: Ann Marie Lynch, Presidential Spouse, Saint Joseph’s College (IN)
 
11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Boxed lunches are provided for registered Institute participants. Please pick up a boxed lunch and proceed to one of the concurrent sessions.
 

Building a Welcoming Campus Community

Students of all backgrounds as well as faculty and staff members are able to thrive when they feel welcomed and valued on campus. How can presidential spouses and partners help build—and maintain—a welcoming community on campus for all students? Are there events or programs that spouses and partners can support that celebrate differences in heritage, background, and culture while binding the community together in a common campus mission? How can we communicate effectively and compassionately with people whose life experiences are different from our own?
Betty Neal Crutcher, Presidential Spouse, University of Richmond
Steve Dietz, Presidential Spouse, Reinhardt University
Nancy L. Grandillo, Presidential Spouse, Madonna University
Chair: Winnie King, Presidential Spouse, Malone University
 

Incorporating Super Foods into the Campus Food Service

Please note: A separate lunch will be provided for participants in this session.

Super foods, so-called because of their high nutrient content, may offer health benefits with few or no negative properties. Certified chefs and registered dieticians from Metz Culinary Management have developed recipes boasting nutrient-packed dishes with artistic flair and universal appeal. Fresh, colorful, and seasonal foods will be used to prepare super foods, and presenters will discuss how they can be incorporated into everyday campus food services as well as special events and catering. Participants will receive tips on what to look for (and avoid) when grocery shopping, finding local sources of super foods, and using super foods to support sustainability efforts.
Kim Brenkus, Director, Learning and Development, Metz Culinary Management
John E. Geronimo, Vice President for Sales, Metz Culinary Management
John C. Metz, Executive Chairman and Founder, Metz Culinary Management
Ryan McNulty, Director, Culinary Development, Metz Culinary Management
Gary Owen, Regional Support Chef, Metz Culinary Management
Chair: Vanessa Botzman, Presidential Spouse, Misericordia University
 
1:30–3:30 p.m.

Networking and Discussion Sessions

Presidential spouses and partners will exchange information about starting and maintaining student ambassador programs and tips for being an effective partner for the president. Please bring materials to share if you have them. Ideas will be posted online for easy reference after the Institute.

Ideas for Being an Effective Partner to a College or University President

Facilitators: Linda Brower, Presidential Spouse, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Tamara Ferry, Presidential Spouse, Concordia University Wisconsin

Student Ambassador Programs

Facilitator: Michelle Dorsey, Presidential Spouse, Texas Lutheran University


SATURDAY, JANUARY 7

 
7:30–8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable Discussions


Engaging with Students

Christy Colson, Presidential Spouse, Wartburg College

Navigating Institutional Politics

Michelle Dorsey, Presidential Spouse, Texas Lutheran University

Raising Teens in the Presidential Home

Traci Corey, Presidential Spouse, Olivet College

Spouses and Partners from Large Institutions

Lee Nicholson Hall, Presidential Spouse, Mercy College

Spouses and Partners from Very Small Institutions

Terry Aretz, Presidential Spouse, University of Great Falls

8:45–9:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

 

Presidential Spouses and Partners in Nontraditional Roles

Although some presidential couples feel comfortable in the traditional roles of president and spouse, many do not. How do spouses and partners who have demanding careers outside the college or university, who live and work in another place, or who are in other nontraditional circumstances find their way through the maze of responsibilities of the role of presidential spouse or partner?
Mary Baremore, Presidential Spouse, Gallaudet University
Frank S. Becker, Presidential Spouse, Franklin College (IN)
Robert Biral, Presidential Spouse, Hamline University
Chair: A. McGuire Gordon, Presidential Spouse, The College of Saint Rose
 

Joint Session with Presidents


Book Study: In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria

The value of a liberal education has been under scrutiny for the last few years. In his book, In Defense of a Liberal Education (2015), Fareed Zakaria describes what a liberal education is—and is not—and discusses the value of a liberal education to American society and the world. This session will begin with a video of an interview with Zakaria, followed by small group discussions around tables, and end with a guided discussion of the themes emphasized in the text. It is recommended (but not required) that participants read the book in advance.
Robyn Allers, Presidential Spouse, McDaniel College
Roger N. Casey, President, McDaniel College
Nayef H. Samhat, President, Wofford College
Prema Samhat, Presidential Spouse, Wofford College
Chair: Tori Haring-Smith, President, Washington & Jefferson College

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Consultations

Presidents will have the opportunity to schedule individual appointments with selected experts. Sign-up lists will be provided at the CIC Registration Desk during the Institute.
 

Advice about Presidential Contracts

Raymond D. Cotton, Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC

Board Relations

Richard T. (Tom) Ingram, Senior Advisor for President-Board Relations, CIC, and former President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Douglas M. Orr, President Emeritus, Warren Wilson College
 

CIC Key Indicators Tool and Financial Indicators Tool Benchmarking Reports

Michael Williams, President, The Austen Group, a Division of Ruffalo Noel Levitz
 

Endowment Management Best Practices

Michael V. Collins, Senior Director, Endowments and Foundations, TIAA
 

Financial and Retirement Planning for Presidents, Spouses, and Partners

TIAA-CREF Wealth Management Advisor
 

Leadership Issues

Susan Resneck Pierce, President Emerita, University of Puget Sound

Presidential Compensation

Frank A. Casagrande, President, Casagrande Consulting, LLC
Alexander C. Yaffe, President and CEO, Yaffe & Company, Inc.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Affiliated Group Meetings

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3


Noon–5:00 p.m.

Thrivent Fellows Group

Convener: Thomas E. Cedel, President Emeritus, Concordia University Texas

Noon–8:00 p.m.

Lutheran Educational Conference of North America

Convener: Paul C. Pribbenow, President, Augsburg College
 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4


8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Lutheran Educational Conference of North America

Convener: Paul C. Pribbenow, President, Augsburg College

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Thrivent Fellows Group

Convener: Thomas E. Cedel, President Emeritus, Concordia University Texas

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Women’s College Coalition New Presidents Orientation

Convener: Michele Ozumba, President

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5


7:15–8:15 a.m.

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Convener: Michael Galligan-Stierle, President

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Convener: Shirley V. Hoogstra, President

Executive Officers of CIC State Council Members

Convener: A. Hope Williams, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Remarks: James B. Johnston, Chairman and CEO, SAGE Scholars, Inc.

Lutheran Educational Conference of North America Board of Directors

Convener: Paul C. Pribbenow, President, Augsburg College

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

Conveners: Jim Carr, President, and Kent L. Henning, President, Grand View University

New American Colleges and Universities

Convener: Thomas A. Kazee, President, University of Evansville

Nonmember Presidents and Member Presidents Attending the Institute for the First Time

Convener: Thomas L. Hellie, President, Linfield College, and Chair, CIC Board of Directors

Project Pericles Presidents

Conveners: Jan R. Liss, Executive Director, and Lyle D. Roelofs, President, Berea College

1:00–2:00 p.m.

American Baptist Churches Presidents

Conveners: James T. (Tim) Barry, President, Alderson Broaddus University, and Marilyn P. Turner, Associate Executive Director for Missional Life and Leadership, American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Women’s College Coalition Board of Directors and Luncheon

Convener: Michele Ozumba, President


4:00–5:00 p.m.

Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities

Convener: Gordon Bietz, Chief Executive Officer, and retired President, Southern Adventist University

Information Session with The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

Presidents are invited to a reception and conversation about The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ strategic plan.
Conveners: Nancy J. Cable, President, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and Dale T. Knobel, Senior Fellow in Higher Education, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and retired President, Denison University

Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) Reception

Conveners: Harold V. Hartley III, Senior Vice President, CIC, and Shirley J. Roels, Senior Advisor and Director of NetVUE, CIC

6:30 p.m.

Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities

Convener: Gordon Bietz, Chief Executive Officer, and Retired President, Southern Adventist University

Women’s College Coalition Dinner

Convener: Michele Ozumba, President

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6


7:15–8:15 a.m.

Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania

Convener: Don L. Francis, President

Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges

Convener: Bill Spiker, President

Online Consortium of Independent Colleges & Universities

Convener: Adam Samhouri, Director of Operations, New Ventures of Regis University

Presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Convener: Billy C. Hawkins, President, Talledega College

Presidents of International Colleges and Universities

Convener: David G. Horner, President, American College of Greece

Presidents of Very Small Colleges and Universities (Under 600 FTE)

Convener: Susan E. Henking, President, Shimer College

Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program Past Participants

Convener: Frederik Ohles, President, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Senior Advisor and Director, CIC

Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Convener: Rolf Wegenke, President

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Associated Colleges of Illinois

Convener: Mick Weltman, Executive Director

Independent Colleges of Indiana

Convener: Richard L. Ludwick, President and CEO

National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church

Convener: Amanda L. Allen, Director of Schools, Colleges, and Universities, Division of Higher Education, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

Convener: A. Hope Williams, President

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities

Convener: Gordon Bietz, Chief Executive Officer, and Retired President, Southern Adventist University

Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities

Convener: Jeffrey E. Arnold, Executive Director

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7


Noon–8:00 p.m.

American Academic Leadership Institute Board of Directors Meetnig

Convener: Thomas R. Kepple, Jr., President
 
12:30–8:30 p.m.

New American Colleges and Universities Board Meeting

Convener: Thomas A. Kazee, President, University of Evansville

Hotel and Travel

 Location

​Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel

14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, Florida 32821
(407) 597-3600

 Hotel Information


Please note: With the high number of registrations for the Presidents Institute, the CIC room block at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, the main Institute hotel, is nearly sold out. Only a limited number of rooms remain available at the CIC rate. Other rooms may be available at the hotel’s prevailing rates which range from approximately $199-$225 per night. In the event that participants are unable to secure a reservation, please contact Allison Blackburn, CIC director of conferences (ablackburn@cic.nche.edu or 202-466-7230), who will be happy to assist you.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel from front at nightAll program sessions of the 2017 Presidents Institute will be held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel.

Hotel Reservation Deadline for CIC Rate:
December 5, 2016

Exclusive Presidents Institute Room Rate:
$175 single/double per night

The Presidents Institute registration and hotel reservation deadline is Monday, December 5, 2016. Please note that hotel reservations made after the deadline will be accommodated only on a space-available basis and may be at a rate higher than the CIC rate. Hotel rooms may sell out before the deadline, so participants are encouraged to register for the Institute and reserve their hotel rooms as soon as possible.

Please note CIC’s new registration procedure: Participants will need to register first for the Presidents Institute in order to make a hotel reservation at the CIC discounted rate. A confirmation email with a Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel discount code will be provided to participants once Institute registration is completed.

The CIC hotel rate of $175 for single or double occupancy is offered from December 30, 2016, through January 9, 2017, for participants who would like to extend their stay. Please note that rooms on these extended dates are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel is set within the 482-acre Bonnet Creek Nature Preserve near the Walt Disney World Resort. Amenities include 12 restaurants, full-service spa, award-winning golf course, and three-acre pool with a lazy river. Adjacent to the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel is the Waldorf Astoria Orlando with additional dining options.


Dress Guidelines

Business casual or resort casual wear is appropriate throughout the Institute. Business attire is recommended only for the Awards Reception and Banquet on Friday, January 6. Participants who plan to go on the excursions should bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.


Guests

All daytime sessions during the Presidents Institute, including breakfast and lunch sessions, are open only to registered participants. Tickets may be purchased onsite for unregistered spouses and partners to participate in the opening night Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, January 4. Guest tickets for the Awards Reception and Banquet on Friday, January 6, may be ordered at the time of registration or purchased onsite.


Families and Child care

Family members are invited to participate in the All-Institute Reception on the evening of Thursday, January 5. Please note that all daytime Presidents Institute sessions, including breakfast and lunch sessions, are open only to registered participants. The opening night Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, January 4, and the Awards Banquet and Reception on Friday, January 6, are open only to registered participants and ticketed adults.

For families with children, several child-care services are available. Child-care services may be arranged directly through a private provider recommended by the hotel by calling (407) 828-0920 or (800) 696-8105 or by visiting Kid's Night Out.

The adjacent hotel, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, offers WA Kids Club, a specialized service that focuses on activities for children ages 5–12. Camp activities may include creating a WA Kids Club “Waldy” tee shirt, poolside scavenger hunts, and craft creations. Advance reservations are required and can be made through the concierge or by calling (407) 597-5388.


Spa Services

Spa services are offered at the Waldorf Astoria Spa, and Presidents Institute participants will receive a 10 percent discount on services. Make an appointment online or call (407) 597-5500 and indicate that you are with CIC.

 Travel


The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel is located about 20 minutes (18 miles) from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Transportation to the hotel is provided through Mears Transportation Group at (855) 463-2776 or (407) 423-5566. Shuttle service is $23 one-way and $37 roundtrip, and taxicab service is approximately $60 each way.

Overnight valet parking at the Hilton is $26, and self-parking is discounted to $16 per day for Presidents Institute participants. Please note that rates are subject to change. (Rates are accurate as of September 2016.)


Driving Directions

From Orlando International Airport (MCO): Head south on Airport Boulevard toward South Access Road. Take the ramp towards south exit/SR-417-toll and turn slight right to stay on South Access Road. Make a slight left onto Boggy Creek Road and merge onto F-417 S/Central Florida Greenway toward Tampa/Disney World (portions are toll). Take the International Drive exit (Exit 6) toward SR-535/I-4 E/SR 536. Take the World Center Drive ramp toward SR-536/SR-535/I-4/Tampa/Disney World and merge onto FL-536 W. Keep straight to go onto Epcot Center Drive and take the ramp toward Disney/Hollywood Studios/Epcot Resort Area/Wide World of Sports. Merge onto E. Buena Vista Drive and turn left onto Chelonia Parkway, then right onto Bonnet Creek Resort Lane. The hotel is immediately on the right.


Automobile Rental

CIC has arranged for discounted rates with Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental for participants who wish to rent automobiles.

For reservations with Alamo Rent A Car, call (800) 462-5266 and request ID# 7016394, or use the special Presidents Institute reservation site.

For reservations with National Car Rental, call (800) 227-7368 and request ID#: 5030773, or use the special Presidents Institute reservation site.


Sponsors

​​​CIC thanks the following sponsors for their financial support of the 2017 Presidents Institute:

(View information for registered sponsors.)

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