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2019 APCU Presidents' Conference


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

And that's exactly what was explored at the 2019 APCU Presidents' Conference!

Twenty-four APCU presidents gathered in Louisville this past March to address critical challenges--and find paths to sustainable success. Participants shared their questions, ideas, and concerns while also learning more about each other and the good work taking place across our network of schools. 

The conference evaluations suggest that this was the best APCU conference ever! In fact, our presidents chose to adopt the "retreat-like" structure for future gatherings to ensure that there will be ample opportunities to share concerns and successes, engage in informal discussions, and strengthen relationships.

Here are some of the topics that were discussed at this year's event:

  • Getting the most from your Trustees: This session/discussion will focus on ways to re-organize and/or re-purpose the work of your board and, potentially, the roles of your trustees, to help you address strategic institutional objectives.  

  • Managing your enrollment management operation: While most of the revenue emphasis attention is focused on fund-raising, the key to financial success for many of our schools is based on effective management of the data, strategies and personnel that drive enrollments. 

  • Long-term, sustainable campus business models: Many of our schools have developed “just in time” strategies to cut costs while maintaining or boosting net-tuition revenue. But are these strategies affordable and viable for the long-term health of our institutions?

  • Leveraging your Presbyterian affiliation: There are many benefits that can be realized from our historical connections to the PCUSA. A number of APCU schools are finding ways to make the most of this connection--on their own and in partnership with various church agencies.

Click here to view/download the agenda for last year's conference

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