Chief Academic Officers

Chair: Dr. Stephen Freedman, Fordham University
Phone: (718) 817-3043
E-Mail: sfreedman@fordham.edu
Next Conference
Dates: October 8-10, 2015
Location: Regis University


Conference Mission Statement: The Chief Academic Officers (CAO) Conference works collaboratively to strengthen the sense of solidarity and shared identity among AJCU institutions and to provide critical support as we pursue our diverse and distinctive educational missions in the Jesuit tradition. The CAO conference provides a forum for communication and connectedness among AJCU members, as well as transformative opportunities for leadership, learning and service. A spirit of generous cooperation and collaboration characterizes the work of the group.



This conference is comprised of chief academic officers and provosts at the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. They meet with the AJCU president at an AJCU institution every year, and engage in conversations about academic affairs throughout the year via AJCU listserv.

Examples of collaboration among the AJCU Chief Academic Officers include the AJCU Consortium for Disaster Preparedness and the Statement of Principles for Jesuit Academic Programs.



Quote of the week

"One of the key phrases capturing the charism of Ignatian spirituality is “to love and serve in all things.” Here lies the key to Jesuit higher education in the 21st century. For a Jesuit university should ask more of its students by challenging them to make Ignatius’ charge—his notion of service—their own."
Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President, University of Scranton


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The 35+ Conferences sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) are affinity groups within the AJCU Network. The Conferences provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and best practices; support the professional development of their members; and present opportunities for AJCU representatives to discuss opportunities and challenges in Jesuit higher education. Most of the AJCU Conference groups meet in person at least once a year, and many of them communicate regularly through an AJCU listserv.
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