A Message from ACAO President
Kathy E. Johnson

Dear Colleague, 
When I first became executive vice chancellor for academic affairs in 2014, I immediately recognized how important it would be to be part of a broader professional network of other CAOs. By definition, there’s only one of us at each of our campuses, and a lot of the work can be challenging and fraught with issues that demand confidentiality.  Read more...

Ask A Provost 
NEW Program for ACAO Members

The Ask a Provost program provides sitting chief academic officers (CAOs) who are members of ACAO with an opportunity for a confidential conversation with a retired CAO about day to day challenges or more complex planning issues inherent in the role. Given the complexity of the job, CAOs may benefit from a neutral third-party to serve as a sounding board. Ask a Provost was created by the ACAO Advisory Council and offers a confidential, safe space for open peer-to-peer exchange. This service is a FREE resource for ACAO members.

Ask Your Questions HERE

The program utilizes the talent and experience of recently retired CAOs who serve on the ACAO Advisory Council. They volunteer their time to support the Ask a Provost program. The Council reflects extensive career expertise with experience at diverse institutional types and sizes. While this service is not intended to serve as an alternative to formal consulting services or formal mentoring programs, the peer-to-peer exchange it facilitates provides ACAO members with a convenient opportunity to:

  • pose a specific question or seek guidance about a particular issue through an easy, convenient online process using this link: Ask Your Questions HERE 
  • request a phone conversation to discuss a specific issue presented by requesting CAO soliciting this service—including but not limited to topics such as best practices, current challenges, strategies, referrals, and/or professional development.



**NEW Member Benefit Coming Soon**
Watch your email for a NEW Members ONLY Listserv coming in April!

Welcome to the 2019 Board of Directors!

Meet the ACAO Advisory Council HERE 

Resources for Digital Fellows! 

  • Recording Now Available!   ACAO/NADOHE Joint Webinar Event "Chief Diversity Officers and Chief Academic Officers in Collaboration"

    2019 CAO 
    Coffee Hours are Here!


Looking for a way to connect, problem-solve, or discuss current issues with your peers? Join the CAO COFFEE HOUR via your computer or mobile device on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 12:00 Noon ET. 

Registration is free for ACAO members.
Sit down with your cup of coffee, breakfast or brown bag lunch; logon to the user-friendly ZOOM platform (details upon registration); and join in. Sessions last less than an hour so you can fit this into your busy schedule.

Save the Dates! 
Register NOW by clicking date and title link below. 

February 26: Alternative to Tenure Track Appointments - Best Practices for Quality Assurance

March 26: Role of the CAO on Diversity & Inclusion Issues on Campus

April 23: What to Do Next: The Quandary of Meeting Both Long-Term Goals and Immediate Demands

The CAO Coffee Hour is an open, free-form, hour-long virtual roundtable discussion. Registration is limited in order to guarantee an intimate and supportive environment for peer to peer interaction. Pose a question to the hosts, chime in on current challenges, share best practices, offer advice, or just listen to the discussion. 








Join the conversation on Facebook in our closed CAOs only, Facebook discussion forum.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!


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