The challenges that face leaders in higher education today are complex, encompassing concerns about academic quality, strategic planning, enrollment management, financial stewardship, student experience, human resources, community engagement, and campus diversity. In the context of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities of the United States, however, these issues take on added depth and meaning, in light of the centuries-old educational tradition that animates the schools. How is that tradition applied today, and how are administrators in Jesuit schools called to think creatively about the challenges that face them as mission-centered leaders? In response to these questions, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities offers the annual Seminar on Higher Education Leadership as a resource for current and emerging academic and administrative leaders.
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This year's AJCU Seminar on Higher Education Leadership will take place once again on the beautiful Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University Chicago from June 16-20, 2015. Click here to learn more.

Participants in the AJCU Seminar on Higher Education Leadership are introduced to the foundations of Jesuit education and actively engage in discussions with peers from around the country on how the Jesuit educational tradition may be applied in the everyday work of university decision making. Drawing on the expertise of skilled practitioners from the AJCU consortium – including current and past Jesuit university presidents who serve among the faculty – the Seminar offers fresh perspective on key questions facing Ignatian leaders. Its goal is to contribute to the formation of administrators in Jesuit colleges and universities who will, in the words of St. Ignatius Loyola, “Go out and set the world on fire!”

Background on the AJCU Seminar
The Seminar has been a project of the 28 presidents of Jesuit colleges and universities for more than 10 years. Founded in 2003 and capably led for most of its history by Sr. Maureen Fay, OP (President Emerita of the University of Detroit Mercy), it grew in reputation and popularity to become a respected crossroads of conversation in Jesuit higher education. The support of former AJCU President Rev. Charles Currie, SJ was also instrumental in the Seminar’s development. Reflections on these contributions and the overall impact of the Seminar were featured in the May 2012 issue of Connections. The March 2015 issue of Connections featured a profile of current Seminar director, Dr. Jeanne Lord.

Who Attends the Seminar?
Participants must be nominated by their presidents. Seminar colleagues hail from Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the country and include:
  • Senior administrators seeking a foundational understanding of Jesuit higher education,
  • Academic department chairs, and
  • Selected delegates, whom presidents identify as having key leadership responsibilities or potential.
Comments from Past Participants about the Seminar:
  • "The presentation helped me to begin thinking of how we apply cura personalis to our work with colleagues (or thinking how to extend the concept beyond our work with students)."
  • "The comment that St. Ignatius was a desk jockey provided [an opportunity] to rethink the roles that we serve at our respective universities: the work to which God directs us on a daily basis."
  • "[The Seminar] made me focus on several things that I had not considered about teaching at a Jesuit university."
  • "Nice engagement of [the] group through case studies and questions."
Please contact Sarah Marie Gresser, Seminar Program Coordinator, at or (202) 687-4056.

Quote of the week

“As a product of Catholic schools, continuing my education at a Jesuit institution was a logical part of my journey. The emphasis on using your talents and skills to improve the lives and conditions of others, rather than focusing on personal enrichment, resonated deeply with me. I truly believe that living my life in service of others - both personally and professionally - has allowed me to thrive in unimaginable ways.”
Major General Marcia Anderson, Creighton University '79

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