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.

Meet the ACAO Advisory Council HERE 

A Message from ACAO President
Martha A. Potvin


Dear Colleague, 

It is an honor and pleasure to serve as ACAO’s president for 2018–2019.   Along with our Board of Directors and Advisory council members, we hope show you how ACAO can make an important difference in your professional lives and through you, to your institutions.  I am excited to get to know more of you, along with your interests and concerns, in the coming year. Read more...

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

Coffee Hours Starting in September


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 by clicking the title link below.

November 27: Building the Dream DeanTeam

NEW  Coffee Hours will be available again beginning in January, 2019.  Check back soon for details.

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. 








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