ACAO Association of Chief Academic Officers

Welcome to The Association of Chief Academic Officers


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 fora 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]

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 an environment in which they can discuss current academic issues of importance, and offering CAOs and other senior academic administrators an opportunity to communicate with, inform, and educate one another. ACAO is organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Activities and programs sponsored by ACAO support the professional development of CAOs and other academic administrators who aspire to become CAOs. ACAO is an organization of CAOs helping, supporting, and educating CAOs.

The idea for an organization for chief academic officers was born among a small group of academic VPs who attended the 2012 ACE annual meeting...  Read More

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...  Read More

ACAO held its inaugural business meeting at the 2012 ACE Annual Meeting. An informational overview was provided for CAOs in attendance...  Read More
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