In 2036, less than 25 years from now, America’s oldest college—Harvard University—will celebrate its 400th anniversary, and so this date also marks 400 years of higher education in the colonies and the present United States of America. “Twenty-five years from now, what will higher education in America look like?” Given AAUA’s focus on college/university administration, we must also ask, “What background, knowledge, and skills will be necessary to provide leadership in tomorrow’s American colleges and universities?” These questions will form the focus of AAUA’s 2014 Leadership Seminar.
The annual AAUA Leadership Seminar, with the accompanying Awards Luncheon and Exemplary Models Presentations, is a highlight of the association’s year. The seminar is organized around a theme that focuses on a current critical issue in American higher education leadership. Attendance at the seminar is limited to no more than 50 participants in order to ensure robust and high-quality interaction both between participants and presenters as well as among the participants themselves. Past experience has shown that for some, this interaction continues long after the seminar—sometimes several months or even years.