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.

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 our event information below and complete our Reservation Form (at right) so our staff may reach out to you.


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
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.

More details coming soon. 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 our Reservation Form 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

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 Speakers

More information coming soon!


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.)
Morning Networking Breakfast

Welcome and Opening


Morning Speaker: Sylvia Burwell; President, American University


Coffee Break


Breakout Sessions
(Separate rooms for Presidents Panel and Provosts Panel; followed by table discussions)

Presidents Panel with Moderator

Provosts Panel with Moderator




Afternoon Programming

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

*You must check in and pickup your NAFSA Presidents and Provosts Summit conference badge before attending any of the events above.

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