This NAFSA Signature Program has been cancelled out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees. Learn more about the decision to cancel this Signature Program and the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo.

NAFSA 2020 takes place in St. Louis, Missouri May 24-29

Join us May 27-28, 2020 for the NAFSA Presidents and Provosts Summit during the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will be hosted by Webster University at their Gateway Campus in downtown St. Louis.

The Summit will kick-off with a leadership reception Wednesday, May 27, 2020. A rich program follows on Thursday, May 28 that promises to influence, innovate, and impact your perspective. Please see additional details.

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Registration includes complimentary access to the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo.

Michael Austin, PhD

Michael Austin
University of Evansville
Michael Austin is executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, where he supervises both the International Office and the university’s Harlaxton College program in the United Kingdom. Prior to coming to Evansville, he was the...

Margee Ensign, PhD

Margee Ensign
Dickinson College
Margee Ensign is the 29th president of Dickinson College, which was chartered in 1783—the first college established in the new United States of America. Dickinson is recognized as leading institution in global education and was the first college to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for...

Fernando León-García, PhD

Fernando Leon Garcia
Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior (CETYS) University
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Fernando León-García has served as president of Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior (CETYS) University since 2010, leading the institution to accreditation in the United States (WASC, ACBSP, ABET) and one of the highest student mobility rates in Mexico. He was previously chancellor of City...

Latha Ramchand, PhD

Latha Ramchand
University of Missouri
Latha Ramchand was appointed executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of Missouri in August 2018. Prior, she served as dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. During Ramchand’s tenure as dean, Bauer College grew enrollment to over 6,400 students...

Roger A. Ramsammy, PhD

Roger Ramsammy
Hudson Valley Community College
Roger A. Ramsammy, president of Hudson Valley Community College, has more than 30 years of higher education experience, including senior positions at three of the largest multicampus colleges in the nation. He is the former president of the West Campus of Miami Dade College and provost and chief...

Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Executive Director and CEO
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...

Karin Fischer

Karin Fischer
The Chronicle for Higher Education
Karin Fischer is a higher-education journalist and a research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley. She focuses on international education, including American colleges’ activities overseas, the globalization of the college experience...

Jeff Riedinger, PhD

University of Washington
NAFSA Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy
Jeff Riedinger, PhD, 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 diverse global programming, including support for international research; study abroad...

Presidents and Provosts Summit Reception
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Webster University Gateway Campus
812 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63101

Presidents and Provosts Summit: Excellence in Global Higher Education Leadership
Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Webster University Gateway Campus
812 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63101

Breakfast and lunch provided.


Member: $445

Nonmember: $595

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. VIP Seating at Wednesday NAFSA Conference Plenary Address
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Presidents and Provosts Summit Reception 

Featured Speaker: Fernando León-García, President, Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior University

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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. – 10:00 a.m. Featured Speaker: Margee Ensign, President, Dickinson College
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Presidents Program
- Panel Session
- Table Discussions
Provosts Program
- Panel Session
- Table Discussions
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Speaker
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Visit the NAFSA Expo Hall and Bookstore

America’s Center Convention Complex
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. VIP Seating at Thursday NAFSA Conference Plenary Address

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.


Special housing for registrants of this program has been set aside at the headquarters hotel, Marriott St. Louis Grand. The link for housing can be found in your emailed registration confirmation, once you have registered for this program. To ensure your hotel room at the Marriott St. Louis Grand, please reserve your room via the link in your registration confirmation before March 23, 2020.

NAFSA thanks Webster University and Boston University Global Programs-Study Abroad for their generous support of this event.

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