Managing Presidential Transitions as Chief of Staff

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October 20, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

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Learn practical strategies for successfully navigating a presidential transition in your role as Chief of Staff.

As Chief of Staff, you will often be looked to for providing calm consistency during presidential transitions. The incoming President will likely rely on you as they acclimate to a new environment while your colleagues will count on you to convey the new President’s priorities.

Join us for this webcast to learn how you can best serve in your role during these times of change. In this session, our expert will discuss the following considerations:

  • Understanding your role during the transition
  • Planning for the outgoing President
  • Learning the incoming President’s plan
  • Your to-do list


Who Should Attend

Chiefs of Staff or others who are involved in managing presidential transitions will benefit from attending this webcast.



In this one-hour session, you will learn about the following:

  1. Understanding Your Role During the Transition
  2. As soon as you learn that your institution will be going through a presidential transition, it is paramount that you understand your role throughout. Are you to primarily support the outgoing President? Will the incoming President be bringing their own Chief of Staff or will you instead be in the role of liaison between the two?

  3. Planning for the Outgoing President
  4. In this section, we will discuss how you can play a critical role in ensuring a smooth transition for the outgoing President. This will include housing, the timing of the announcement, and the role of the President if they plan to remain connected to the institution.

  5. Learning the Incoming President’s Plan
  6. During this section, we will talk about the possibilities of your role during the search and onboarding process. If you are serving as the Chief of Staff for the new President, you will simultaneously be managing the outgoing President’s needs as well as the incoming President’s. We will discuss key conversations to have with the incoming President and decisions to ensure a smooth exchange between the two leadership teams.

  7. Your To-Do List
  8. In this final section, we will recap your “to-do” list if you have an imminent transition on the horizon. This will help you to take immediate action after the webcast.



portrait of Max Allen

Max Allen

Vice President and Chief of Staff, Clemson University

Since his arrival at Clemson University in June 2015, Max Allen has helped strengthen the overall national reputation and awareness of the Clemson brand. He serves as the chief advisor to President Clements and is the primary liaison with the vice presidents and other direct reports to the president. Under his leadership, he has helped design and implement the Clemson Forward strategic plan, coordinated a strategic reorganization of the campus diversity efforts, served as the primary liaison with key community leaders and partners, served as a member of the university’s crisis decision team, and helped with the successful completion of the $1 billion “Will to Lead” capital campaign.

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