On behalf of the Executive Council, the Board of Directors, and the entire membership (both our charter and active members), I am delighted to welcome you to the ACAO website. The Association of Chief Academic Officer was established to respond to a critical need in higher education. We believe that a well-supported and equipped chief academic officer is always a better academic officer for her or his institution.  

The vision of ACAO is an exciting one, striving to professionalize the chief academic officer’s role, providing a network of support for its members, creating a forum for national and international deliberations on higher education issues, and contributing toward the preparation of future academic officers. We hope this vision is compelling enough for non-member institutions to become members and inspiring enough for those who are members to volunteer for leadership roles in the ACAO committees. I hope you find the website informative and useful. Your comments and suggestions will be appreciated.  

Dr. April Mason, President
Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO)
Provost and Senior Vice President of Kansas State University

Our Mission

The Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) serves the Chief Academic Officers of member institutions by providing a forum for the development of academic affairs best practices, affording CAO members.....

Read More

ACAO Officers

ACAO’s operations are run through and by committees.  The following are the existing committees and those who have interest in any of the committees should reach out to the appropriate committee chair...

Read More