New Presidents Institute

July 19 - 22, 2022
This conference ends prior to the start of the Governance Institute.


The CCCU is offering an outstanding event for new presidents who have assumed their roles within the last 2 years. The role of a university president has never been more difficult, but we don’t have to do it alone in the CCCU. While a new president would benefit greatly by attending the event by themselves, the program is designed for presidential teams, usually the president and their spouse. NPI faculty/mentors are respected senior presidents who bring vulnerability, experience, and wisdom to the program. The CCCU chose a destination spot so that there would be the right atmosphere and setting for learning, for fellowship, and for spiritual growth. Past participants have called the New Presidents Institute transformational and we are certain you will not be disappointed.

The New Presidents Institute will convene at the beautiful Westin Carlsbad Resort in Carlsbad, CA to ensure an atmosphere rich for renewal, learning, fellowship, and spiritual growth. We hope you’ll join us!


Please plan to arrive at the hotel on Tuesday, July 19 as our programming begins early on Wed., July 20.

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sessions

AM Session Topic: Board Management and Development, Shared Governance, & Legal Affairs

PM Session Topic: Fundraising & Community Engagement

6:30 – 7:30 pm – Dinner

8:00 – 9:00 pm – Fireside Chat & Dessert

Fireside Chat Topic: The spiritual life of the president

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sessions

AM Session Topic: Financial Sustainability, Prioritization, & Innovation

PM Session Topic: Building Your Team & Navigating Crisis

5:00 – 8:00 pm – Dinner with mentors followed by free time

8:00  – 9:00 pm – Fireside Chat & Dessert

Fireside Chat Topic: The family life of the president

8:00 am – 3:30 pm – Sessions

Topic: Campus Climate & Culture

3:30 pm – 4:00 PM – Commissioning prayer and conclusion


Sherilyn Emberton

Erik Hoekstra

Shirley Mullen

Deana Porterfield

Phil Schubert

Andy Westmoreland

David Wright

Registration, Hotel, & Travel Information

New Presidents Institute Registration Fees

$2,500 for President/Spouse (Couple Registration)

$2,000 for President Only Registration

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration at any time prior to the start of the program. If you must cancel, please email Refunds for cancellations received prior to Wednesday, June 22, 2022 will be issued minus a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Substitutions will be honored at any time. No-shows are not refundable.


The Carlsbad, CA area is served by the San Diego International Airport located approximately 33 miles south of the Westin Carlsbad Resort.

Travel time to the Westin Carlsbad Resort is approximately one hour at a cost of $60 – $100 one-way by Uber/Lyft or taxi. Attendees will be responsible for the cost of their ground transportation to the resort and the cost of their return trip to the San Diego International Airport.


The Westin Carlsbad Resort
5480 Grand Pacific Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Group Rate

$299 USD, per night plus applicable taxes currently at 25%. (Run of House Room)

$399 USD, per night plus applicable taxes currently at 25%. (Executive Suite)

Hotel Parking

Self-parking is available for $24 per day.

Valet parking is available for $35 per day.

Hotel Reservations

To make your hotel reservations by phone, please call 833-489-4455 and reference the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. To make reservations online, please click here. 

The cut-off date to reserve your hotel room at the discounted group rate is June 22, 2022. Room reservation requests after this date may be subject to hotel availability at the standard rate. Because of limited availability, we advise making your reservation as soon as possible.

The Westin Carlsbad typically charges a resort fee of $25 per accommodation, per day; however, that fee has been waived for all CCCU guests and will not appear on your final hotel bill. 

You are not required to register for the Institute prior to reserving your room at the resort, but we will be cross-checking the hotel rooming list against registered attendees. Room reservations could be subject to cancellation if you are not registered for the meeting by June 22, 2022. We would truly appreciate your support by booking within the CCCU block at the hotel so that we can fulfill our obligation to our hotel partner.

Dress Code

Attire for the meeting is resort casual.


The average weather in Carlsbad in July is a high temperature of 76 and a low of 66 degrees. San Diego in July has a humidity of 82 percent in the morning on average and 64 percent by the early afternoon. While the humidity can be high in July, the temperature isn’t typically hot enough to make it uncomfortable.

COVID-19 Protocols

Testing/Vaccination Policy

The CCCU is constantly monitoring CDC guidelines. We are living in a new reality, and we think we can navigate that reality together.

Currently, the CCCU is requesting that attendees at the Institute be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test 1-3 business days prior to arrival. This policy is subject to change. An individual can be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series (after the second dose of a 2-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine).