Institute for Experienced Chiefs of Staff: Improving Your Processes, Communications, and Relationships (Premium Pass)

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The role of chief of staff looks very different at each institution and requires a unique skill set for continued success. During this three-day workshop, we will look at how you can maintain a balance in your professional life while managing a varied and often unpredictable role. We have assembled one current and two former chiefs of staff to help you:

  • Manage and communicate your role to your constituents
  • Mitigate stress, maintain energy, and keep a positive attitude
  • Establish and maintain critical internal and external relationships
  • Handle crises with confidence

This program is designed for current chiefs of staff who have been in the role three or more years. If you are a current chief of staff and are looking to explore options for your future career path, we recommend also attending our post-conference workshop.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Ensuring Smooth Presidential Transitions

As a Chief of Staff, you will often be looked to for providing calm consistency during presidential transitions. The incoming President will likely look to you as he or she acclimates to a new environment, while your colleagues will rely on you to convey the new President’s priorities. Learn how you can best serve in your role during these times of change. In this workshop, you will hear from two current Chiefs of Staff who have served through several presidential transitions. Max will share his processes, strategies, and tips for helping organizations stay focused during these times of transition.

Post-Conference Workshop: Career Paths for Chiefs of Staff

This post-conference program will focus on paths you may take after you have served as Chief of Staff. Presented by Alex Whitaker, a college President who was formerly a Chief of Staff, and Josh Jacobs, Vice President of Advancement & Alumni Relations and former Chief of Staff, we will discuss transferable skills, options, and furthering your development for success.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for those with a higher level of experience (3 or more years) in the position. Those who are new or emerging chiefs of staff who have been in the role for 3 years or less, as well as professionals aspiring to the chief of staff position, will benefit from our sister training: Fundamentals for Chiefs of Staff: Understanding Your Role and Ensuring Success from the Start.

Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To learn more, contact Patricia Sandler at or purchase the Premium Pass with success coaching below.


Max Allen, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Clemson University

Josh Jacobs, Vice President, Advancement & Alumni Relations, Central Methodist University

Alex Whitaker, President, King University

Karen Whitney, President Emerita, Clarion University