Leadership Development Conferences

Outstanding Value! I gleaned an incredible amount of information in two days that I will be able to take back and begin implementing immediately.  I was impressed by all the presenters and material presented.

Conference Attendee

Plan now to attend one of these dynamic fall conferences to expand your capacity and sharpen your competency as a leader in biblical higher education.  Choose the conference specifically designed for your role and enjoy the enrichment and networking with distinguished presenters and other leaders from across the movement.

Registration opens early summer for Fall conferences.  


2019 Leadership Conference Lineup

Achieving Accreditation Standards – SOLD OUT!

Early Bird Deadline: April 1, 2019

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MAY 20-21, 2019 
This conference provides an overview of all 11 ABHE Institutional Accreditation Standards, along with the Essential Elements that must be met to satisfy each standard. The presentation-discussion format provides opportunity for participants to consider situations at their institutions and seek advice from the ABHE professional staff and senior evaluators on how to address these in the context of the standards. A self-assessment opportunity will be included to develop a working agenda for addressing areas that need improvement before hosting an evaluation team.

This conference is beneficial to individuals with significant responsibilities in preparing their institutions for an evaluation team visit, whether reaffirmation, initial accreditation, or candidacy. Institutions are encouraged to bring their accreditation team/accreditation planning committee to make this a meaningful hands-on preparation for hosting a comprehensive evaluation team visit. The conference also serves as the required new applicant orientation for institutions granted applicant status in June/November 2018 or February 2019.


The Accreditation Journey  – Registration Now Open
Early Bird Deadline: August 1, 2019

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SEP 23-24, 2019
Designed for institutions and individuals interested in accreditation or just starting through the process. This two-day conference will focus on all of the elements vital to a successful launch into the accreditation journey. Institutions are encouraged to bring their accreditation team to ensure a broad understanding and shared commitment to the institutional responsibilities over the next few years for a successful accreditation journey.


Board Governance

SEP 30-OCT 1, 2019
OCT 3-4, 2019 


Enrollment Leaders Leadership Development Conference

OCT 10-11, 2019
An intensive two-day training on the art and science of effective enrollment management. Designed for all levels of staff including president, enrollment leaders, and admissions support staff – this “how-to” conference will help you develop and strengthen your enrollment strategy and outline key elements for effective execution at all levels. From high level strategy and marketing to daily block and tackle essentials, sharpen the edge of your enrollment efforts and take your team to the next level. 

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Advancement Leadership Development Conference

OCT 21-22, 2019
Is your college reaching and exceeding your fundraising goals? This conference is especially designed for all leaders responsible for securing resources for your institution – presidents, advancement officers and development staff – will all learn important principles, proven strategies and creative ideas for increasing your fundraising capacity. Review your annual fund design and fundraising events in light of best practices and take your efforts to the next level.


President’s Conference

OCT 24-25, 2019
What do effective presidents need to know and what practices must be consistently performed for an enduring and distinguished legacy? Gain key insights from veteran leaders that will sharpen your competency and expand your capacity to provide effective leadership in the president’s office. Designed for new and experienced presidents as well as leaders who aspire for future service, this conference is focused on executive skills, institutional oversight practices, board governance, and excellence in presidential professional and personal development.

Chief Financial Officer’s Conference

OCT 31 – NOV 1, 2019

What are the most pressing issues facing financial management for institutions of biblical higher education? How do effective CFO’s serve their institution well with vital and timely information? Sharpen your understanding and management of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and reported ratios and scores. Stay abreast of current tax and compliance issues. Review wise institutional risk assessment principles. Grasp important HR issues that can affect every part of your institution. Take your financial leadership to the next level.

Chief Academic Officer’s Conference

NOV 4-5, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: September 1, 2019

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What does excellence in leadership look like for the modern academic enterprise? This two-day conference designed for current and aspiring chief academic officers will explore the diverse responsibilities and roles of the CAO and provide wise guidance for distinguished leadership. From faculty hiring, evaluation, development and transition to academic program assessment, management and delivery – review your skill set for academic leadership and grow.


Chief Student Development Officer’s Conference

NOV 7-8, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: September 1, 2019

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What are the gifts and graces, skills and competencies that mark a distinguished student development officer? Explore the diverse range of responsibilities and learn from veteran campus leaders how to create and nurture a thriving campus culture. Learn essential elements of regulatory compliance, creative ideas for boosting campus morale, best practices for student leadership development and wise counsel for effective management of athletic programs. Take your student development leadership to the next level.



Members & Affiliates: $439 ($399 – Early Bird) per person, per conference
Non-Members: $639 ($599 – Early Bird) per person, per conference


Early Bird Deadlines:

  • April 1, 2019 for – Achieving Accreditation Standards (May 20-210
  • August 1, 2019 – The Accreditation Journey (September 23-24)
  • August 1, 2019  – Board Governance (September 30-October 1 | October 3-4)
  • September 1, 2019
    • Enrollment Leaders – October 10-11
    • Advancement Leaders – October 21-22
    • Presidents Conference – October 24-25
    • Chief Financial Officers – October 31-November 1
    • Academic Officers November – 4-5
    • Student Development Officers – November 7-8


  • full two-day program
  • three night’s lodging at the nearby SpringHill Suites by Marriott
  • all meals & snacks
  • conference resources



All Conferences to be held at the Weber Center for Leadership Development
ABHE International Offices
5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130
Orlando, FL  32822



David Medders
Executive Vice President


Registration for Fall Conferences Opens Early Summer!