2018 APCU Members' Conference

Strengthening Campus Resilience:
Facing the future with faith, logic and a little common sense!

APCU presidents and chaplains will come together in the Crescent City from March 21 through March 23, 2018 for three days of discussion, debate and professional development. Our expanded format this year features a range of speakers and sessions that focus on resilience--our ability to respond to adversity within and across our campuses--in areas such as institutional strategy, campus programming and student counseling. Click here to view the conference schedule at-a-glance

Conference Registration

Presidents, chaplains and PCUSA officials are encouraged to be part of the 2018 Members' Conference. To encourage our APCU member institutions to send both the president and the chaplain, we've created a discounted "team" registration fee. You'll also find discounted fees for associate members, Presbyterian Mission Agency officials, and Synod/Presbytery representatives.

Your registration covers the cost of all Conference sessions, materials, meals and activities--including our welcome reception and our banquest at the National World War II Museum.


Conference Hotel

The 2018 Members' Conference will take place at the Hyatt Centric Hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Located just one block from Bourbon Street, the hotel affords convenient access to some of the best restaurants and jazz clubs in the city. In addition, you'll have easy access to the St. Charles Streetcar, the shops along Canal Street, and several of the cities most-visited museums.

The discounted rate for Conference attendees is only $189 per-night. To secure a room for the conference, just click the link below or call the hotel directly at 888-421-1442 and ask for the APCU rate.

Conference Social

Our annual banquet will take place on Thursday evening at the National World War II Museum. Paying tribute to the men and women who remained steadfastly resilient in the face of an existential threat to freedom around the world, the museum complements our theme and demonstrates what's possible when people put aside there differences to focus on a common goal.

Located in the Warehouse District adjacent to the French Quarter, the Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories, taking visitors inside the story of the war that changed the world

Conference Speakers

John Kuykendall is president emeritus of Davidson College and co-author of a recent publication titled, Lighting the Mind for Action: A Call to Leaders and Trustees of Liberal Arts Colleges. John will kick-off the Conference by sharing insights from this book and discussing the many implications--and opportunities--for APCU member schools. 


Adrianna Kezar is a national expert on change, governance and leadership in higher education with a research focus on the change process in higher education. She has published 18 books/monographs, including, How Colleges Change, along with hundreds of journal articles, books chapters and reports. Adrianna will discuss outcomes from her work with the Teagle Foundation related to building organizational capacity on college campuses. 

Denise Anderson is the co-moderator of the 222nd PCUSA General Assembly, the highest elected position in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She will address the role that Presbyterian-affiliated colleges can play in advancing Church initiatives in areas such as social justice, peace & reconciliation, immigration reform, and the role of women in society.

Nancy Cable is the president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, an organization committed to strengthening America’s intellectual life, humane instincts and democracy. She will speak about the work being done by the Foundation to support private higher education, interfaith leadership, and religious literacy.

Lucy Forster-Smith recently became the senior associate pastor at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago after serving as chaplain at Macalester College and Harvard University. Lucy will share some thoughts from her book, Crossing Thresholds: The Making and Remaking of a 21st-Century College Chaplain, on designing effective chaplaincy models for a range of social and spiritual campus environments.

Click here to view the conference schedule at-a-glance.

    Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities
    Agnes Scott College, Box 1102
    141 E. College Avenue | Decatur, GA 30030
    470.443.1948  |