Presidents and Provosts Summit

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2018 Registration

Higher Education Leadership for Global Learning and Internationalization

May 30-31, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

Join university and college presidents, rectors and chancellors, and provosts from across the globe for NAFSA’s Presidents and Provosts Summit during the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This event is designed specifically for campus leaders and senior academic officers who wish to cultivate deeper partnerships with each other while engaging on issues of global learning and campus internationalization. Attendees will gain insights from keynote speakers, breakout sessions designed for presidents and provosts respectively, and a panel discussion with higher education leaders. A networking reception will be held the evening before the event.


Academic leaders in discussionAcademic Leadership Reception
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA

Presidents and Provosts Summit
Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA
Breakfast and lunch provided.

Featured Speaker

Jane Fernandes, PhD
President, Guilford College
Recognized as one of the 20 most interesting college presidents by The Best Schools, Jane Fernandes is in her third year leading Guilford College as its ninth president. She is the first deaf woman in history to head an American college and the first woman to lead Guilford College.

Jane is guiding Guilford College through curricular and administrative innovation to become further distinguished as a “small liberal arts college of distinction doing a few things splendidly.” She has described three sources of inspiration that fuel pursuit of that vision: the college’s world-class faculty, its powerful Quaker heritage, and its unique commitment to community service and civic engagement.

Jane has led the campus in undertaking difficult conversations, examining meaningful ways to address systemic racism, gender inequity, and sexual assault – three of the most serious issues facing campuses nationwide. She received national attention for her statement on North Carolina’s recently created HB2 law.

Jane has also supported initiatives led by students and faculty, such as Every Campus a Refuge in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, and last September, was one of only 50 presidents from the nation’s colleges and universities to be invited to the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gathering in Washington, DC.

Jane’s higher education administrative career spans 30 years. Before taking the Guilford presidency, she served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville for six years.


$399 for members and nonmembers
This price also includes full conference access (Expo Hall, Plenaries, NAFSA Pavilion, Sessions, and more) and VIP seating at our Wednesday and Thursday plenaries. Reserved hotel accommodations are available on a limited basis. Contact for special registration instructions. Register using the required special instructions first, and then use the unique hotel reservation link found in the registration confirmation email to reserve preferred accommodations. 


The Presidents and Provosts Summit event is reserved exclusively for those holding the role of university president or senior academic administrator. Titling practice of these roles may vary based on country. Those not eligible to attend the Presidents and Provosts Summit are encouraged to register for the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo and other NAFSA Signature Programs during the week.

**Refer to the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo Registration pages for further information regarding accessibility, changes to registration, and consent to use of photographic images. 


Wednesday, May 30, 2018
4:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. VIP Seating at Wednesday Plenary Address
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Academic Leadership Reception
Thursday, May 31, 2018
8:00 a.m.– 8:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:45 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening
NAFSA CEO, Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil; Jefferson President and CEO, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Morning Speaker and Discussion

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

(Separate rooms for Presidents Panel and Provosts Panel; followed by table discussions)

Presidents Panel moderated by East Carolina University Chancellor, Cecil P. Staton, DPhil

Provosts Panel moderated by University of Washington Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Jeff Riedinger, PhD

  • Walsh University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Douglas Palmer, PhD
  • Wilkes University Senior Vice President/Provost, Anne Skleder, PhD
  • Clark Atlanta University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Peter Nwosu, PhD
  • SUNY Empire State College Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, David Bejou, PhD
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Speaker and Discussion - Guilford College President and Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration founding member, Jane K. Fernandes, PhD

1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Panel with NAFSA CEO, Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County President, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, PhD
  • Centennial College President, Ann Buller
2:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Visit Expo Hall and Bookstore at the Philadelphia Convention Center

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

VIP Seating at Thursday Plenary Address

NAFSA thanks Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) for its generous support of this event.

2018 Presenters

Meet the presenters