Presidents and Provosts Summit

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Updates

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. 

University and college presidents, rectors and chancellors, and chief academic officers from across the globe will join 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.

For questions about the summit, please refer to event information below and complete the reservation form (at right).


Academic leaders in discussionPresidents and Provosts Summit Reception
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
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.
Washington, D.C.
Breakfast and lunch provided.

Registration also includes full conference access (Expo Hall, Plenaries, NAFSA Pavilion, Sessions, and more Tuesday through Friday) and VIP seating at our Wednesday and Thursday plenaries. Registration for this event requires special instructions. Please complete the "Reserve Now" form on the right sidebar of this page to receive more information about completing registration.

For questions, please contact


$475 Member and Nonmember
Please refer to our NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo Registration page for general payment, cancellation, and refund information.


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. Fill out the "Reserve Now" form on the right sidebar of this page to confirm your eligibility.

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.

Hotels and Travel

Registration for the Summit includes access to an exclusive hotel room block in the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. until March 22, 2019. Summit attendees seeking to take advantage of this offer can indicate their interest by completing the "Reserve Now" form on the right sidebar of this page. Interested registrants will receive special hotel booking instructions. After March 22, and for other hotel listings, please refer to the Housing and Travel section of our NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo webpages. Starting in March, please register for the Presidents and Provosts Summit first and then complete hotel reservations. 

Featured Speaker

Sylvia BurwellSylvia Burwell
American University
Sylvia Mathews Burwell is American University’s fifteenth president. Secretary Burwell served as the twenty-second secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services from 2014 until the conclusion of President Obama’s second term. Before that, she was the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Her prior government experience includes deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, deputy chief of staff to the president, chief of staff to the secretary of the Treasury, and special assistant to the director of the National Economic Council. Secretary Burwell served eleven years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, including roles as the chief operating officer and president of global development. After the Gates Foundation, she was the president of the Walmart Foundation and ran their Women’s Economic Empowerment efforts. Secretary Burwell earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and a BA in philosophy, policy and economics from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She lives in Washington, DC.


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
Thursday, May 30, 2019 (8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
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: Sylvia Burwell; President, American University

10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:15 a.m.

(Separate rooms for Presidents Program and Provosts Program)

Presidents Program
Briefing Session
Panel Session

Provosts Program
Panel Session
Table Discussions

12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Programming

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.

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