Background

Since 2004 The Oxford Conclave has convened leaders of colleges and universities from North America, Europe and Africa to address common challenges and share best practices. This invitation-only retreat, held at the oldest university in the English-speaking world, fosters reflection and dialog on the timeless mission of higher education in preparing students for lives of service and leadership.  Presidents of more than 65 institutions have participated in this four-day experience, developing lasting relationships with colleagues and envisioning fresh strategies for leadership.  A program track is provided for spouses, and presidents are often invited to bring a senior-level colleague whose work is relevant to the topic of the retreat.  Past programs have included sessions for chief academic officers, campus chaplains, and public affairs officers, among others.

Speakers and facilitators at The Oxford Conclave have included Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu; Sustainability Pioneer Ray Anderson, chairman of Interface Corp.; Leader-to-Leader Chairman Frances Hesselbein, former CEO of the Girl Scouts of America; Former Chief Justice of South Africa Arthur Chaskalson; Harvard University Scholar and author Dr. Howard Gardner; author and leadership expert Dr. Stephen R. Covey.

The Oxford Conclave is a truly unique opportunity for university presidents to meet together in a safe environment for peer-to-peer conversation and collaboration.  Participating institutions have included:

  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • University of Namibia
  • University of North Dakota
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Morehouse College
  • City University of New York
  • University of Fort Hare, South Africa
  • University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, UK
  • Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Utah Valley University
  • University of South Africa
  • University of Zululand, South Africa
  • Balliol College, University of Oxford, UK
  • Durban University of Technology, South Africa
  • University of West Georgia
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Copperbelt University, South Africa
  • University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
  • American University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Morris Brown College
  • East Carolina University
  • Georgia State University
  • Oriel College, University of Oxford, UK
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • University of Georgia
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Valdosta State University
  • Albany State University
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Augusta State University
  • Clayton State University
  • Columbus State University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Georgia College & State University
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • Dalton State College
  • Gainesville State College
  • Gordon College
  • Middle Georgia College
  • Atlanta Metropolitan College
  • Bainbridge College
  • Dalton College
  • Georgia Highlands College
  • Georgia Perimeter College
  • South Georgia College
  • Waycross College
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • North Georgia College & State University
  • Savannah State University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Samford University
  • California Baptist University
  • Howard Payne University
  • Catawba College
  • Whitworth University
  • Greenville College
  • Hope College
  • Corban University
  •  George Fox University
  • LCC International University, Lithuania
  • Consortium for Global Education
  • Calvin College
  • Centenary College
  • Gordon College
  • North Central College
  • Georgia College and State University
  • College of St. Benedict