New Presidents Institute

June 24 - 28, 2024
Carlsbad, California
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Overview

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, fellowship, and 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!

AGENDA

The New Presidents Institute is designed around a format for offering content and interaction. Content sessions include the topics of board governance, student recruitment and fundraising, finance, crisis management, and academic programs. Following the sessions, presidents and spouses will meet separately with mentors for interactive sessions to explore questions and answers. Additional sessions will cover a variety of topics of interest and concern.

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Travel Day and Informal Meet & Greet

Presidents and spouses are invited to this “come as you are” informal opportunity to meet each other and the members of the New Presidents Institute team.

New Presidents Institute – Day 1

 

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM | Welcome, Devotions and Introduction of participants (presidents and spouses)
  • Shirley Hoogstra, President, CCCU
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM | Building Trustee Relationships and Nurturing Healthy Governance Practices
(presidents and spouses)

No institution can be stronger than its Board of Trustees, but what are the characteristics and practices that help boards to be their best? Presidents will offer answers and insights.

  • Amy Bragg Carey, President, Friends University
  • Andy Westmoreland, President Emeritus, Samford University
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM | Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Unlocking Board Management Conversations
  • Presidents and spouses will break into separate groups with mentors for dialogue.
  • Andy Westmoreland, President Emeritus, Samford University facilitating
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Managing Risk & Cost Through Insurance (presidents; spouses invited)
  • Matt Hayes, VP Sales, Sovereign Insurance
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Tying the Morning Together (presidents and spouses)
  • Andy Westmoreland, President Emeritus, Samford University facilitating
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Luncheon (presidents and spouses)
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Recruiting Students and Donors (presidents and spouses)

A panel of presidents will address the ways and means supporting two drivers of financial success: enrollment and fundraising.

  • Brad Johnson, President, College of the Ozarks
  • Chip Pollard, President, John Brown University
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Break
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM | Financial Guardrails for Christian Higher Education (presidents; spouses invited)
  • Daniel Campbell, Partner, CapinCrouse
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | Unlocking Fundraising and Recruitment Conversations

Presidents and spouses will break into separate groups with mentors for dialogue

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM | Tying the Afternoon Together (presidents and spouses)
  • Andy Westmoreland, President Emeritus, Samford University facilitating
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Free Time
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Dinner (presidents and spouses)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Fireside Chat – The Spiritual Life of the President and Family (presidents and spouses)

Mentor presidents and spouses will tell their candid stories of the ways in which they have sought to maintain spiritual growth amidst the demands of their leadership responsibilities. New presidents and spouses will be invited to give their own accounts of the challenges they face in supporting their own spiritual vitality.

  • Facilitator: Shirley Hoogstra, President, CCCU

New Presidents Institute – Day 2

 

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM | Devotions
  • Brad and Laura Johnson, President and President’s Spouse, College of the Ozarks
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM | Leading Through Crisis (presidents and spouses)

The future of our institutions is often shaped by the ringing of our phone at 2 am. Seasoned presidents will discuss lessons learned through painful moments of crisis.

  • Chip Pollard, President, John Brown University
  • Amy Bragg Carey, President, Friends University
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM | Break
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM | Unlocking Crisis Leadership Conversations

Presidents and spouses will break into separate groups for dialogue.

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM | Tying the Morning Together (presidents and spouses)
  • Andy Westmoreland, President Emeritus, Samford University
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM | Lunch
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM | Legal Update
  • Shirley Hoogstra, President, CCCU
1:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Free Time
7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM | Fireside Chat – All the Things I Wish I’d Known (presidents and spouses)

Mentor presidents and spouses will host a time of questions and answers in which they offer recollections about the things they wish that they had known (and done) in their first years of leadership.

  • Facilitator: Shirley Hoogstra, President, CCCU

New Presidents Institute – Day 3

 

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM | Devotions
  • Chip and Carey Pollard, President and President’s Spouse, John Brown University
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM | Innovation in Academic Programs (presidents and spouses)

Experienced presidents offer candid commentary regarding what has succeeded—and what has failed—as they have tried to foster innovation and clear-headed management within their academic programs.

  • Brad Johnson, President, College of the Ozarks
  • Chip Pollard, President, John Brown University
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM | Financial Guardrails for Christian Higher Education (presidents and spouses)
  • Daniel Campbell, Partner, CapinCrouse
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM | Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Academic Programs Unlocked Conversations

Presidents and spouses will break into separate groups for dialogue.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Future-Ready Learning: Driving Digital Transformation in Education (presidents; spouses invited)
  • Darren Campbell, Founder, CEO, Slingshot
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Tying the Morning Together (presidents and spouses)
  • Andy Westmoreland, President Emeritus, Samford University
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Financial Guidance from a Seasoned President (presidents and spouses)

New presidents and spouses will hear one of CCCU’s most respected presidents regarding guiding principles of financial health…and the intergenerational links associated with wise stewardship.

  • Chip Pollard, President, John Brown University
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM | All the Questions You Wish You’d Asked And Things I Wish I Had Known (presidents and spouses)

Mentor presidents and spouses will respond to the array of questions that weren’t addressed during the previous sessions and add one thing they wish they had known.

  • Facilitator: Shirley Hoogstra, President, CCCU
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Commissioning Prayer (presidents and spouses)
  • Shirley Hoogstra, President, CCCU
4:00 pm | Institute Ends

Departure and Travel Day

Facilitators

Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

Bryan Carey

Shirley Hoogstra

Dr. Brad Johnson

Laura Lacey Johnson

Dr. Chip Pollard

Carey Pollard

Dr. Andy Westmoreland

REGISTRATION 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 conferences@cccu.org.

Hotel & Travel Information

Travel

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 $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.

Hotel

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

Group Rate

The room rate is $299 per room, per night, plus applicable taxes currently at 13% and a City Assessment Fee of $1.50 per night.

Hotel Parking

Self-parking is complimentary.

Valet parking is available for $40 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 your hotel reservations online please click here.

The cut-off date to reserve your hotel room at the discounted group rate is May 24, 2024.  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 May 24, 2024. 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.

Weather

The average weather in Carlsbad in June is a high temperature of 76 and a low of 66 degrees. San Diego in June 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 June, the temperature isn’t typically hot enough to make it uncomfortable.