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Exploring the College Presidency

Exploring the College Presidency

We look forward to having you at Endicott College's Exploring the College Presidency, June 11–13 at the Wylie Center & Tupper Manor at Endicott College!

We have a small cohort attending to foster collaboration in an interactive environment. We will have experts in the field providing guided conversations about the necessary knowledge and skills needed to become a college/university president. Please come with an open mind and excitement to share and actively participate in the program. 


Room blocks for Exploring the College Presidency attendees are available at the Wylie Inn. The cost of the rooms is included in the cost of the program. You can access the room blocks and reserve a room by calling 978-867-1800 and asking for the Exploring the College Presidency room block rate. Room blocks are available for all attendees Sunday night through Tuesday night, with limited availability for those that need to arrive on Saturday. 

The Wylie Inn is located at 295 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915. The program will be taking place in the Wylie Conference Center, which is directly attached to the Wylie Inn, with select events occurring at Endicott College. Transportation for all activities will be provided. 

The most convenient airport to fly into is Boston Logan International Airport/BOS. Endicott is located approximately 20 miles from the airport. The Wylie Inn and Endicott College are just a short ride share or taxi trip from Boston Logan International Airport. Rental cars are also available at Boston Logan International Airport. Parking is available and complimentary at the Wylie Inn and at Endicott College. 

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Program Details

Sunday, June 11

  • 2–5 p.m.: Arrival and registration at the Wylie Inn 
  • 5–6 p.m.: Cocktail Hour
  • 6–8 p.m. Dinner & Sharing Our Journeys

Monday, June 12 

Day One: Five Core Competencies for Aspiring College/University Presidents

Sessions will include:

  • The College President: Fact or Fiction? 
  • Key Relationships: Boards, Faculty, & Governance 
  • The Student Experience 
  • Finance 
  • Fundraising Panel

Tuesday, June 13

Day Two: Self-Assessment, Identification, and Mentor Pairing

Sessions will include: 

  • Navigating the Presidential Search Process
  • How to Assess Readiness

*Some program elements are subject to change. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Exploring the College Presidency?

    Since the pandemic, college/university presidents are leaving office and retiring at an unprecedented rate.  The need for qualified people to lead America’s colleges and universities is more pressing than ever. Exploring the College Presidency is an intensive three-day program introducing participants to the necessary skills and responsibilities they will need in order to succeed as college/university president. 

    Past participants have included provosts, vice presidents, deans, and other higher education leaders. We have decided to expand the offering to corporate leaders with transitional skill sets who are interested in the college presidency. 

  • When will the program be held?
    Exploring the College Presidency will be held from Sunday, June 11, 2023 to Tuesday, June 13, 2023. 
  • Where is the program held?

    The Wylie Center & Tupper Manor at Endicott College, 295 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915. 

  • Who are the faculty that will be speaking?

    The following individuals will be speaking as a part of the program:

    • Marisa Kelly, Ph.D., President, Suffolk University

    • Robert Johnson, Ph.D., President, Western New England University

    • Judith Block, Ed.D., Senior Lecturer on Education Educational Chair, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents

    • Harry Dumay, Ph.D., President, College of Our Lady of the Elms

    • Sandy Santin, CEO, SyncThink, Inc., Trustee Emeritus, Endicott College

  • Will meals and snacks be provided?
    All meals and snacks will be provided, please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions so we can ensure the best experience possible. 
  • What is the suggested attire for the program?
    Smart casual attire is suggested for the program. Please note some elements of the program will take place outdoors in the afternoon and evenings. 

For any/all additional questions, please email