Washington, DC
United States

We enjoyed engaging with you at the 2019 Presidents and Provosts Summit in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 30, 2019 and at the Presidents and Provosts Summit Reception on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

University and college presidents, rectors and chancellors, and chief academic officers from across the globe joined us during the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. for an excellent learning and networking event.

This summit is designed specifically for campus leaders and chief 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 and breakout sessions designed for presidents and provosts respectively. A networking reception will be held the evening before the full day event.


Presidents and Provosts Summit Reception
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington, D.C.

Presidents and Provosts Summit: Higher Education Leadership for Global Learning and Internationalization
Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Breakfast and lunch provided.

For questions, please contact us.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
4:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.

VIP Seating at Wednesday Plenary Address

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Presidents and Provosts Summit Reception
Sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education

Thursday, May 30, 2019 
8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening

9:00 a.m.

Featured Speaker: Jay A. Perman, MD

10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:15 a.m.

(Separate rooms for Presidents Program and Provosts Program)


Presidents Program
OECD Briefing
Panel Session

Provosts Program
Panel Session
Table Discussions

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Speaker: The Honorable Michèle Flournoy

1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Panel - Advocacy and Immigration Policy

2:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Visit the NAFSA Expo Hall and Bookstore at the Washington D.C. Convention Center

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

VIP Seating at Thursday Plenary Address

*Please check in and pickup your NAFSA Presidents and Provosts Summit conference badge before attending any of the events above.


The Presidents and Provosts Summit event is reserved exclusively for those holding the role of president or chief academic officer at a higher education academic institution. Titling practice of these roles may vary based on country. For questions, please contact us.

Registration does not provide event access for additional staff members. Questions about event accessibility should be noted in the reservation form; more information can be found by reviewing our Annual Conference FAQs

Those not eligible to attend the Presidents and Provosts Summit are encouraged to register for the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo and to consider other NAFSA Signature Programs such as the Symposium on Leadership or the Global Learning Lab.

Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Esther Brimmer, DPhil, serves as the executive director and chief executive officer of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Dr. Brimmer’s distinguished career includes three appointments within the U.S. Department of State, serving most recently as the assistant secretary for international...

Diana Carlin, PhD

Saint Louis University
Diana Bartelli Carlin is the NAFSA Secretary. Carlin served as the senior international officer at Saint Louis University and at the University of Kansas. She retired from Saint Louis University in January 2016. She has been a NAFSA member since 2000. In 2007 and 2008, she served as dean-in...

Fernando León-García, PhD

Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior (CETYS) University
Fernando León-García, PhD, has served as president of Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior University (CETYS) University since 2010, leading the institution to institutional and program accreditation in the United States (WASC, ACBSP, ABET) and one of the highest study abroad rates among...

Jeff Riedinger, PhD

University of Washington
Jeff Riedinger, PhD, is the NAFSA Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy. Riedinger is the vice provost for global affairs and professor of law at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has leadership and administrative responsibility for the University of Washington’s...

Jorge G. Gonzalez, PhD

Jorge Gonzalez
Kalamazoo College
Jorge G. Gonzalez is the eighteenth president of Kalamazoo College, a position he has held since 2016. He previously served for six years as Occidental College’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. He was a member of the Trinity University faculty for 21 years. At Kalamazoo...

Marvin Krislov, JD

Pace University
Marvin Krislov is the eighth president of Pace University. He is deeply committed to Pace’s mission of Opportunitas—providing all students, regardless of economic background, access to the transformative power of education—and he is working to bolster Pace’s status as the nation’s leading four-year...

Jay A. Perman, MD

Jay Perman
University of Baltimore-Maryland
Jay Perman is president of the University of Maryland‐Baltimore (UMB), Maryland’s public health, law, and human services university. A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based healthcare to students of...

Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Andreas Schleicher is director for education and skills, and special adviser on education policy to the secretary-general at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He initiated and oversees the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international...

DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, PhD

Bowie State University
DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, PhD, joined Bowie State University as provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2018. She serves as the chief academic officer, responsible for overseeing the academic and research enterprise of the university, ensuring the quality of the faculty and student...

Carol J. Erting, PhD

Gallaudet University
Carol J. Erting is the provost at Gallaudet University and a professor in the Department of Education. During her administrative career at Gallaudet University, she has also served as associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, Continuing Studies, and International Programs; dean...

Anne Skleder, PhD

Anne Skleder
Wilkes University
Anne Skleder, PhD, has served as senior vice president, provost, and professor of psychology at Wilkes University since 2014. At Wilkes University, she is responsible for leading academic programs and initiatives across six schools and colleges—which involve all areas of enrollment, technology,...

Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson
National Foundation for American Policy
Stuart Anderson is executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy, an Arlington-based, nonpartisan public policy research organization focusing on trade, immigration, and related issues. From August 2001 to January 2003, Anderson served as executive associate commissioner for...

Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy
The Honorable Michèle Flournoy cofounded CNAS, a bipartisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic, and principled national security policies in January 2007. She served as CNAS’s president until 2009, and returned as CEO in 2014. In 2017, she cofounded WestExec Advisors, a strategic...

Barry Maloney

Barry Maloney
Worcester State University
Barry M. Maloney has served as Worcester State University’s 11th president since 2011. Maloney also serves as chair of the Council of Presidents, the coordinating body of the nine Massachusetts state universities. He sits on the boards of directors for the Worcester Regional Research Bureau and the...

Francis J. Ricciardone

Francis  J. Ricciardone
American University in Cairo
Francis J. Ricciardone was appointed as the twelfth president of the American University in Cairo and began his term in 2016. From 2014 to 2016, he was vice president of the Atlantic Council and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He served as a foreign service officer from 1978...

Muddassir Siddiqi, PhD

Muddassir Siddiqi
Central College - HCCS
Muddassir Siddiqi, PhD, is the president of Houston Community College’s Central College. He began his term as president of Central College in February 2017, after serving in the capacity of interim college president, provost, and the vice president of academics and student development at Morton...


NAFSA thanks Navitas for their generous support of the 2019 Presidents and Provosts Summit, and The Chronicle of Higher Education for their generous support of the Presidents and Provosts Summit Reception.