The Oxford Conclave on Global Higher Education is a focused retreat where a small group of invited college and university presidents reflect on some of the most pressing issues facing leaders in higher education.
Convened annually since 2004, the four-day meeting is held at Balliol College of the University of Oxford, a venue where presidents work in an environment steeped in tradition and have access to leaders and resources at the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Attendance is by invitation and limited to a maximum of 10 institutions annually.
Since its inception, The Oxford Conclave has gathered presidents of more than 70 colleges and universities in North America, Europe and Africa to discuss their roles as public leaders, academic leaders, spiritual leaders, and other facets of the presidency. Founded by Dr. John C. Knapp, president of Washington & Jefferson College, and Dr. Betty L. Siegel, president emeritus of Kennesaw State University, this intimate retreat has led to collaborative initiatives; produced declarations calling for curricular, co‐curricular, and societal change; and sparked new initiatives on many campuses. Since Dr. Siegel’s retirement, Dr. Knapp continues to convene and facilitate The Oxford Conclave.