Administrators Workshop

The Lilly Fellows Program presents

The Twenty-third Annual Workshop for Senior Administrators: 
Fostering Hope in a Polarized Age

October 19-20, 2023

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, Michigan



Dr. Margaret Diddams

Editor, Christian Scholars Review

Principal Consultant at the Diddams Group



Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, Ed.D.

President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities,

Chancellor of DePaul University


The 2023 Workshop for Senior Administrators will offer the opportunity for senior administrators at church-related colleges and universities to consider the impact of cultural, political, and social polarization on their campuses and what is needed in campus leadership in this time. The current polarization of our culture, especially as it has linked with religion, has touched higher education over such issues as academic freedom, hiring practices, free speech, DEI initiatives, curricular design, and religious freedom. This polarization has been uniquely felt by stakeholders at church-related institutions because of the way polarization connects to religion. This workshop will help administrators think together about how hope and their own missional resources can help them move forward constructively toward a shared future beyond this time of polarization.

The Workshop is offered at no cost to senior administrators at Lilly Network member institutions. Each institution is eligible to register one senior administrator (president, vice president, academic dean, provost, or equivalent). One participant from each school will be reimbursed for travel costs up to $600. Meals and hotel accommodations will also be paid by the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities. Additional participants from member schools will be waitlisted until the Registration Deadline (September 6, 2023) and will be enrolled as slots become available.

The Workshop will begin with 11:00 am registration on Thursday, October 19, 2023 and end by 1:00 pm on Friday, October 20, 2023.

Click here to download the workshop presentation slides.

Learn more about past Administrators Workshops here.

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