Presidents and Provosts Summit

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

2019 Event

We look forward to 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. For questions about the summit, please refer to our 2018 Event information below and complete our Reservation form (available in September) so our staff may reach out to you.

2018 Event

Thank you for joining us at the NAFSA 2018 Presidents and Provosts Summit: Higher Education Leadership for Global Learning and Internationalizationin Philadelphia, PA on May 30-31, 2018. 

University and college presidents, rectors and chancellors, and chief academic officers from across the globe joined us 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 gain insights from keynote speakers, breakout sessions designed for presidents and provosts respectively, and a panel discussion with higher education leaders. A networking reception is 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.

Registration also included full conference access (Expo Hall, Plenaries, NAFSA Pavilion, Sessions, and more) and VIP seating at our Wednesday and Thursday plenaries. Registration for this event requires special instructions.


The Presidents and Provosts Summit event is reserved exclusively for those holding the role of university president or chief academic officer. Titling practice of these roles may vary based on country.

Registration does not provide event access for additional staff. Please contact us for questions regarding interpreters. 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.

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.

Peter A. Gold, Esquire
President, TheGoldGroup, LLC  
Peter A. Gold is the President of TheGoldGroup, LLC. Since 2007, his consultancy has brought businesses, universities, governments and not-for-profits together to create value opportunities and reduce exposure to the risks created by today’s global economy.

Gold is also Board Vice Chair of the Global Interdependence Center (“GIC”) which resides at the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia, PA, USA. The GIC promotes partnerships among governments, businesses, and academic institutions. It also is a neutral forum for central bank leaders and economists and it shares its presenters’ findings with policymakers and the press worldwide. GIC organizes country and region-specific conferences for educational and networking opportunities.

Gold has taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He became a partner and then member of the Board of Directors of one of America’s top 100 law and government relations firms. At the end of 2005, Gold became associate provost of economic initiatives, senior associate dean of the School of Business and CEO of the business incubator corporation at Rutgers University-Camden.

Gold earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and graduated magna cum laude from Temple University Law School.

Bibliography of resources for international educators and leadersIcon PDF 16, curated by Mr. Gold.


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 - TheGoldGroup, LLC President, Peter A. Gold, Esq.

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

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