Meeting Venue:
Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW • Washington, D.C. 20008

Overnight Lodging:
The Fairfax at Embassy Row
2100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW • Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 293-2100

Apply now for
November 16-17, 2020
in Washington, D.C.

Mastering the Presidential Search Process is a two-day, hands-on program designed to provide the tools necessary for success at every stage of the presidential search process.

Senior executive leaders currently holding a position of Dean or higher at any two-year or four-year institution are invited to apply. Applicants from member institutions of American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) are eligible for discounted program fees.

Download a program brochure.


  • Receive resume and cover letter feedback from search consultants and colleagues
  • Engage in mock interviews with feedback from search consultants and colleagues
  • Refine presentation skills required for searching for a presidency
  • Learn from recently appointed college and university presidents about their journeys to the presidency
  • Discuss post-search negotiation to smooth your transition
  • Understand the expectations of presidential spouses and partners


Day 1
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Registration and Check-In
Breakfast and Overview of the Program
Program Sessions and Lunch
Networking Reception
Day 2
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Breakfast and Overview of Day 2
Program Sessions and Lunch
Program Adjourns

NOVEMBER 16-17, 2020

$2750 Standard Fee

$2000 AASCU and CIC Member Discounted Fee

The program fee includes continental breakfast and lunch each day of the program. Participants are responsible for securing and payment for overnight lodging.

*Program fees will be due after acceptance into the program.


A limited number of scholarships are available to
defray program costs for applicants who would
otherwise be financially constrained from

Applicants can apply for scholarship funding within the program application.

Click here to contact us with questions about this program or call Brian Madden via (202) 263-7478.

FEATURED PRESENTERS (subject to change)

Kenya Ayers
Kenya AyersPresident, Tarrant County College Northeast (TX)
Linda M. Bleicken
Linda M. BleickenPresident, American Academic Leadership Institute
Andrea Warren Hamos
Andrea Warren HamosVice President for Consulting Operations and Senior Consultant, Academic Search
Richard J. Helldobler
Richard J. HelldoblerPresident, William Paterson University (NJ)
Jann L. Joseph
Jann L. JosephPresident, Georgia Gwinnett College
L. Jay Lemons
L. Jay LemonsPresident, Academic Search
William N. Ruud
William N. RuudPresident, Marietta College (OH)
Tyrone P. Thomas
Tyrone P. ThomasAttorney and Member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

The American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) is a leading nonprofit organization that offers leadership identification, development, and support programs for administrators at all levels at public and independent colleges and universities through our partnerships with American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Academic Search is an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions and is the wholly-owned subsidiary of AALI, making it the only national search firm with a formal relationship to a premier leadership development institute.

Together, AALI and Academic Search are dedicated to delivering professional development programs to educators to enhance their leadership potential.