2017 Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs

January 22 – January 25, 2017
Westin Tampa Harbour Island, Tampa,Florida

This is an institute for individuals considering a move to the vice president for student affairs position or seeking to learn more about the position.  This is an application based program and individuals in mid-level managerial positions or higher are welcome to apply.

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 The Institute for Aspiring Vice President for Student Affairs Officers is an engaging and supportive environment for you to learn and reflect on your personal goals and aspirations.  This is an application based institute offered every two years and allows time for in-depth discussions and small, faculty lead mentor group sessions.  Additionally, you will meet one-on-one with experienced VPSA faculty members as well as participate in content sessions on topics such as: strategic thinking, leading change, planning for career advancement, and work / life balance.

You should apply if:

  • You hold a Master’s degree and/or are completing or recently completed your doctorate.
  • You are a mid-level manager reporting to a senior level official.
  • Your responsibilities include staff supervision, budget management experience, and designing and implementing program.

Through presentations, small group dialogues, one-on-one meetings with faculty, participants can expect for the following learning outcomes to be covered:   

  • Explore a variety of career paths, objectives, and strategies among a diverse group of participants and VPSA mentors;
  • Gain applicable insights and knowledge into different institutional types and demands when applying for and assuming an VPSA position;
  • Develop a professional skill set relating to practical issues, such as etiquette, application materials preparation, working with a search firm, managing campus crisis, and budget shortfalls;
  • Learn how to build and maintain relationships between the VPSA, other vice presidents, the president and trustee members as well as with professional organizations, community involvement, media, and the government.


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level


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This exclusive professional development program is an institute. Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not) in concurrent sessions, during this institute all attendees will participate in the same cohort experience and are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the program including meals. It is a very intensive experience, and the program will run into the evening each day. Please plan your travel so that you are able to participate in the entire institute. (The schedule presented here is subject to changes.)

Sun, Jan 22

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Reflections from VPSAs
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Workshop Session
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Mentor Group
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner with Mentor Groups

Mon, Jan 23

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Workshop Session
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Workshop Session
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:15p.m. – 2:30p.m.
Workshop Session
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Individual Consultations
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Workshop Session
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mentor Groups
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner with Mentor Groups

Tue, Jan 24

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Workshop Session
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Workshop Session
11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:45p.m.
Individual Consultations
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Workshop Session
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Workshop Session
5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Mentor Group
Dinner on your own

Wed, Jan 25

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Workshop Session
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Mentor Group
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


In an effort to create a meaningful and personal experience for you, enrollment is limited.  Applications are requested and admission decisions will be made by November 4. All applications must be submitted by October 28, 2016 for consideration.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by November 14, 2016.  Registration information will be sent out with acceptance notifications. Registration includes the following meals: three breakfasts and two lunches. Dinners are on indivual cost.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird
11/14/2016 to 12/02/2016
12/03/2016 to 12/16/2016
12/17/2016 to 01/21/2017


Tonya Murphy
Membership Services Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Lucy Fort
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1171


View Registration Policies

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is December 9, 2016, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected].

Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to [email protected] prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected]


  • Tammara Durham, Aspiring Chair

    Tammara Durham, Aspiring Chair

    Vice Provost for Student Affairs
    University of Kansas

    Faculty Bio

  • Barbara LoMonaco

    Barbara LoMonaco

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    Salve Regina University

    Faculty Bio

  • Joel Perez

    Joel Perez

    Vice President and Dean of Students
    Whittier College

    Faculty Bio

  • Richard Walker

    Richard Walker

    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
    University of Houston

    Faculty Bio


Westin Tampa Harbour Island

Westin Tampa Harbour Island
Tampa, FL

All institute activities will take place at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island.

The Westin Tampa Harbour Island has arranged for special room rates for institute attendees starting at $199/night (not including 12% state and local taxes). Reservations must be made by Friday, January 6, 2017. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as hotel blocks tend to sell out for NASPA events. 


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 South Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
$199 - Single/Double
  • Travel

    Tampa is serviced by Tampa International Airport (TPA). The Westin Tampa Harbour Island is approximately 20 minutes from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from TPA, please visit the Ground Transportation section of the TPA website.

    Taxi cabs are available at the curbside outside the Baggage Claim Level. For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the TPA website. Taxi fare from TPA to the Westin Tampa Harbour Island is approximately $25 one-way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on available rental car companies and contact information, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the TPA website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Tampa in January are in the high-60s F during the day and the low-50s in the evening. As the institute gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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