Oxford Conclave 2023

September 10-12, 2023, Balliol College, University of Oxford

Preparing Leaders for a Complex and Changing World

Escalating global conflict . . . the rapid rise of artificial intelligence . . . growing economic disparity . . . global threats to democracy and academic freedom. The 17th Oxford Conclave provides a unique opportunity for college and university presidents to learn from experts and each other as we consider our roles in preparing future leaders for an increasingly complex global society. Are our institutions responsive enough to today’s accelerating pace of change? How well do our academic programs adapt to new realities? How must higher education leadership change to meet emerging needs and expectations?

This year’s retreat will include conversations with invited experts and leaders at the University of Oxford, as well as opportunities for delegates to share insights and ideas with each other. A program for presidential spouses and partners is also planned. Lodging for presidents and spouses will be at the newly renovated Rhodes House, home of the Rhodes Scholarship and other global initiatives, and our program will include a dialog with those who lead these prestigious programs.

Our 2023 program, as always, is designed with flexibility in mind to encourage delegates to shape the agenda. Some topics are likely to include the following:

  • How will artificial intelligence change our institutions, from instruction to student recruiting? What do the AI experts at Oxford foresee?
  • What new knowledge, competencies and perspectives will be critical to ethical leadership in the future? How well are our institutions preparing?
  • How can we maintain our commitments to the holistic development of students at a time when many policymakers and many prospective students measure the value of a college education solely in terms of personal income?
  • How is the college and university presidency changing? What qualifications and skills will be most important for future presidents?
  • What did the pandemic reveal about our personal and institutional capacities for change?