New Presidents Academy Strengthens University and College Leaders

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Previously the president of both Lock Haven University and Virginia State University, Dr. Keith Miller now mentors other leaders of institutions of higher learning. A resident of Chester, Virginia, Dr. Keith Miller is a former faculty member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) New Presidents Academy.

As part of the AASCU’s goal to increase public understanding of higher education and prepare students for modern education, the organization holds the annual New Presidents Academy. Focused on addressing the specific needs of new university leaders, the meeting enables participants to share information and experience with peers. It is intended to be a supportive environment for learning about and dealing with circumstances facing new executives. The faculty, composed of presidents, share knowledge gained over the course of their tenures during presentations.

The meeting consists of four all-day sessions on a range of topics, including interpretive communication, fiscal oversight, and enrollment management. During breaks, participants can schedule private appointments with faculty. The event ends in a ceremony that marks the transitions of new presidents.

The 2017 academy will convene from July 31 to August 4 in San Diego. All presidents and chancellors appointed to office at their state college or university after September 2015 are eligible to attend.

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AASCU’s New Presidents Academy

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A former president of Virginia State University, Dr. Keith Miller now serves as president emeritus of Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. Throughout his years of service at Virginia State University and Lock Haven University, Dr. Keith Miller has been involved in numerous organizations, including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), where he served as a faculty member for the New Presidents Academy.

The New Presidents Academy is a program that seeks to meet the unique needs of new state university presidents and chancellors. The only program that offers mentoring to new presidents during their first year of service, the academy brings together first-time presidents and chancellors for networking and educational sessions.

The most recent academy, which was held from July 25 to 29, 2016, in La Jolla, California, covered topics such as strategic visioning, overseeing financial management, shaping an organization, using interpretive communication, and managing enrollment to enhance student success.