New Presidents Program

Including Spouses and Partners of New Presidents

Sunday, January 3, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Monday, January 4, 7:15 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
 
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, advancement, and strategic and innovative presidential leadership among other key topics. The program also provides informal opportunities for discussions about institutional mission, culture, and work-life balance. The presenters are experienced presidents, 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. A program for spouses and partners of recently appointed presidents runs concurrently.

The registration fees for the New Presidents Program are $385 for presidents and $285 for spouses and partners. Pre-registration is required for this program.

Download the program brochure.
 

Sunday, January 3
 
7:45–11:30 a.m.
New Presidents Program Registration
 
8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast for New Presidents and Spouses and Partners


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
Mary-Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College (MA)
Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, President, Mills College
Arvid C. Johnson, President, University of St. Francis (IL)


Sessions for Spouses and Partners of New Presidents

8:15–9:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
 
9:00–9:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Katherine M. Whatley, Vice President for Annual Programs, CIC
 
9:15–10:30 a.m.
Making Connections
Robert Haring-Smith, Presidential Spouse, Washington & Jefferson College, and Lynne C. Joyce, Presidential Spouse, Brevard College

10:30–10:45 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Paths to Success: Varied Approaches to the Presidential Spouse and Partner Role
Robert Haring-Smith and Lynne C. Joyce


12:30–1:45 p.m.
Luncheon for New Presidents and Spouses and Partners
Welcome and Remarks: Jennifer L. Braaten, President, Ferrum College, and Chair, CIC New Presidents Program Advisory Committee


Sessions for New Presidents

2:00–3:15 p.m.
Financial Fundamentals and Strategies for the New President
Roger N. 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
Roger N. Casey, President, McDaniel College
Elizabeth J. Stroble, President, Webster University


Sessions for Spouses and Partners of New Presidents

2:00–3:15 p.m.
Getting Off to a Great Start
Robert Haring-Smith and Lynne C. Joyce

3:30–4:30 p.m.
Building Trust
Robert Haring-Smith and Lynne C. Joyce


6:30–8:30 p.m.
Reception and Dinner for New Presidents and Spouses and Partners
Hosts: Carol A. Leary, President, Bay Path University, and Robert Haring-Smith, Presidential Spouse, Washington & Jefferson College
Remarks: Richard Ekman, President, CIC
 

MONDAY, JANUARY 4

Sessions for New Presidents

7:15–8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
 
8:15–10:15 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
 
8:15–10:15 a.m.
Dealing with Change
Robert Haring-Smith and Lynne C. Joyce


Joint Sessions for New Presidents and Spouses and Partners

10:15–10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m.–Noon
The President and Institutional Advancement
Pamela J. Gunter-Smith, President, York College of Pennsylvania
David C. Joyce, President, Brevard College
Lynne C. Joyce, Presidential Spouse, Brevard College
J. Lawrence Smith, Presidential Spouse, York College of Pennsylvania
 
12:15–2:00 p.m.
Luncheon—You Got the Job, Now What?
Jake B. Schrum, President, Emory & Henry College

Sessions for New Presidents

2:15–3:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Questions
Mary Pat Seurkamp


Sessions for Spouses and Partners of New Presidents

2:15–3:00 p.m.
You’re in the Role, Now What? Closing Remarks and Questions
Robert Haring-Smith and Lynne C. Joyce