2018 NASPA AVP Institute - Excellence in the “Number Two” Role

January 18 – January 20, 2018
San Diego, California

The NASPA AVP Institute – Excellence in the “Number Two” Role – is an intensive three-day program designed to support and develop AVPs in their unique roles on campus.  The Institute is appropriate for both new and seasoned AVPs, first-timers and returners alike.

About the Institute Model

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.

Registration for the 2018 NASPA AVP Institute will open soon!


If you report to the vice president for student affairs (or other most senior student affairs officer) on your campus, you’re a “number two” and undoubtedly have a unique and challenging position.  The NASPA AVP Institute – Excellence in the “Number Two” Role, is designed to support AVP success and will help you to navigate the complex individual and institutional challenges that are inherent in the “number two” position.  The Institute’s curriculum focuses on:

  • Innovative and effective leadership in the “number two” role
  • Cultivating just campus communities during an era of increasing student unrest and demands
  • Building and sustaining effective and enriching VPSA-AVP relationships
  • Using data to make decisions and to influence others
  • Understanding and navigating campus politics
  • Thinking and acting strategically for personal and institutional success

Two optional pre-institute sessions will be offered: one for AVPs who are new to the “number two” role and another for seasoned AVPs with at least three years of experience in any AVP role.  All Institute participants must report to the most senior student affairs officer on campus and have substantial responsibility for divisional functions.  Join us in Tampa in January to improve your effectiveness in your challenging role and to expand your AVP peer network.

Click here to see what past institute participants have to say about the NASPA AVP Institute - Excellence in the "Number Two" Role.


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Accomplished AVPs and vice presidents for student affairs from a variety of institutional types will serve as the Institute's faculty.

  • Cynthia Hernandez, Institute Director

    Cynthia Hernandez, Institute Director

    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
    Texas A & M University
  • Dyrell Foster

    Dyrell Foster

    Vice President of Student Services
    Moreno Valley College
  • Jeanna Mastrodicasa

    Jeanna Mastrodicasa

    Associate Vice President for Operations, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
    University of Florida
  • Art Munin

    Art Munin

    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development/Dean of Students
    University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Michele Murray

    Michele Murray

    Vice President for Student Development
    Seattle University
  • Sarah Neill

    Sarah Neill

    Vice President for Student Affairs/Associate Provost
    Simmons College
  • Gigi Secuban

    Gigi Secuban

    Associate Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs/Director, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Renaissance San Diego

Renaissance San Diego
San Diego, California

All conference activities will take place at the Renaissance San Diego.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Renaissance San Diego starting at $209/night (not including 12.75% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.


Book Your Hotel Now

For hotel questions, please contact:
Greg Morris
[email protected]

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Renaissance San Diego
421 West B Street, San Diego, CA 92101
$209 - Single/Double
  • Travel

    San Diego is serviced by San Diego International Airport (SAN). The hotel is approximately 3 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from SAN, please visit the Parking & Transportation section of the SAN website.

    If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Parking & Transportation page of the SAN website. Taxi fare from SAN to the Renaissance San Diego is approximately $10 one-way.

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

  • Weather

    Temperatures in San Diego in January are around 65 degrees F during the day and 49 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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