The Summit – NASPA VPSA Summer Convening

June 20 – June 22, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland

In today's ever-evolving higher ed landscape, vice presidents for student affairs are leading in contexts more challenging than ever before. The Summit – NASPA VPSA Summer Convening will gather 40-50 vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) for two days of learning and networking in a setting carefully designed to facilitate peer-to-peer exploration of the most pressing current and emerging challenges facing student affairs leaders and other campus executives, their institutions, and higher education more broadly. The Summit will also provide the rare opportunity for reflection and rejuvenation in a community of peers.

Participation in this unique offering is limited to the most senior student affairs officer at the institution.

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As the vice president for student affairs, every day you face complex and rapidly changing challenges that impact students, staff in your division, the institution, and sometimes society more broadly. This difficult work, while approached as an institutional leader who is part of an executive team or cabinet, can often feel isolating for the singular most senior student affairs officer on campus. The Summit – NASPA VPSA Summer Convening will provide a rare opportunity for a group of peer VPSAs to tackle as a learning community some of the seemingly intractable and enduring problems confronting student affairs and higher education as well as the emerging challenges facing today’s higher education leaders.

What to Expect

NASPA is committed to providing an opportunity for this VPSA learning community to address the most timely and relevant topics, so the final agenda will emerge with input by program registrants as The Summit approaches. We can expect that topics like student activism and campus unrest, changing student needs precipitated by demographic shifts, college access and affordability, student mental health concerns, job readiness and employability, and sexual violence on campus – to name a few – will continue to be top of mind for VPSA attendees and engaged during the program. We expect that approximately

  • One-third of our time together will involve structured, interactive sessions led by seasoned presenters on topics that are highly relevant for participants;
  • One-third will be spent in semi-structured, facilitated and collaborative engagement opportunities on topics largely suggested by participants prior to and during the program; and
  • One-third, usually over meals, will allow for unstructured interaction and the development of a reliable, go-to peer network.

The Summit conveners are committed to providing a positive learning environment that will allow, indeed require, all participants to contribute to the group’s learning and to creating an experience that results in your returning to campus better informed, better connected, and better prepared to lead change on your campus.

Please join us for this very special, VPSA-exclusive program in June in Baltimore, Maryland for what promises to be an enriching learning and networking opportunity!


Presented By

James E. Scott Academy


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  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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The schedule presented her is preliminary. NASPA will invite attendees’ input twice during the program development process to help shape the most meaningful agenda for this learning community. Additionally, this professional development program is a gathering exclusively for vice presidents for student affairs. Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not) in concurrent sessions, during The Summit all attendees will participate in the same experience and are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the program including meals. Please plan your travel so that you are able to participate in the entire program. The institute schedule presented here is subject to changes.

Thu, Jun 20

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Check-in Period
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Summit Welcome and Participant Introductions
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Refining the Summit Agenda
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A New Vision for Student Affairs?
Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Networking Reception
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fri, Jun 21

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Introduction to Day 2
9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Summit Program
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Summit Program
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hosted Wine Hour for Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor Guests
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner Groups (optional)

Sat, Jun 22

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Introduction to Day 3
8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Summit Program
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Registration Cancellation Policy:

The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is May 9, 2019, less a $50.00 administrative fee. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be processed after May 9, 2019 for any reason.

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Event Registration

Early Registration
before 05/10/2019
Regular Registration
05/10/2019 to 05/30/2019
Late Registration
05/30/2019 to 06/13/2019
NASPA Member


James Stascavage
Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: (202) 719-1172


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Refund Cancellation Poliy: Click here to submit a refund request. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to refund@naspa.org

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Payment Policy:

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org.


The Summit will be convened and facilitated by two seasoned and accomplished vice presidents for student affairs who will rely on the deep engagement of VPSA attendees to contribute to the success of the learning community.

  • Mamta Accapadi, Summit Co-convener

    Mamta Accapadi, Summit Co-convener

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    Rollins College
  • Dusty Porter, Summit Co-convener

    Dusty Porter, Summit Co-convener

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    Tulane University


  • Kevin Kruger

    Kevin Kruger

    NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

    Speaker Bio


Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD

All conference activities will take place at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco.

The original NASPA room block for The Summit sold out. NASPA has arranged with the hotel to add more rooms to the block, however, the rates for the newly added rooms are somewhat higher than those in the original block. To make a reservation, please click here.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
2 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
$229 - Single/Double
  • Travel

    Baltimore is serviced by Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). The hotel is approximately 10 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from BWI, please visit the Transportation section of the BWI website.

    The taxi stands are located just outside of the baggage claim area on the lower level. For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Transportation page of the BWI website. Taxi fare from BWI to the Hilton Baltimore is approximately $25 one-way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on available rental car companies and contact information, please visit the Transportation page of the BWI website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Baltimore in June are around 83 degrees F during the day and 67 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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