The Salzburg Summit: A Shifting Landscape Demanding Changing Leadership

June 27 – June 29, 2018
Salzburg, Austria

The Salzburg Summit is a joint venture between the International Leadership Association (ILA) and NASPA and will be held at the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria. Scroll down to learn more about the venue, faculty, and registration information.

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The Salzburg Summit will be framed around some of higher education’s greatest challenges. They include, but are not limited to, skepticism about its contributions to society, unequal access to its offerings, increasingly limited resources, a politicized environment, and changing demographics. Yet, for all these challenges, colleges and universities are still seen as invaluable to society’s need for strong democracies and effective economies. They are indispensable institutions—maybe now more than ever—for developing and transmitting knowledge and instilling a deep understanding of the world in which we live.

As part of this highly-interactive two and a half-day program, the Summit will leverage the unique location of the Schloss Leopoldskron which creates a space for visionary thinking and intellectual inspiration. After World War II, the "Marshall Plan for the Mind" was developed here. Since then it has become a premiere historic site in a stunning setting for holding exclusive conferences, presidential summits, workshops, and leadership seminars.  

The Salzburg Summit will include an engaged series of conversations facilitated by a group of accomplished scholar/leaders focused on the following statements:

  • Higher education leaders must respond to changing expectations from students, faculty, and policymakers while also leading the discussions about the roles and purposes of universities.
  • Changing technology provides opportunities not only for more efficient learning but also more effective learning.
  • The changing taxonomy of knowledge—the breakdown of the conventional disciplinary boundaries—challenges our standard university structures and curricula.
  • The increasing differentiation of higher education—the division of higher education into sectors—threatens our understanding of common purposes across all sectors.
  • Higher education must respond to the simultaneous crosscurrents of the need for greater access and the reality of greater economic inequality. 


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Our working agenda is subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates.

Wed, Jun 27

3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Session, Reception, and Dinner

Thu, Jun 28

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Future of Postsecondary Education
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conceptual Models of Leadership
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Adaptive Change Groupings
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Developing the Framework
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Moving Beyond Incidents
6:00 p.m.
Reception and Dinner

Fri, Jun 29

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Developing a Model
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Working Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Engaging in Future Thinking
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


We invite you to register for this exciting event. When registering, please select whether you would like a single room or if you are willing to share a room (double rate) and take care to select three- or two-nights lodging. Please note, the program begins 27 June at 15:00 (3:00PM) and is officially over 29 June at 15:00 (3:00PM).  If you select two nights lodging you will be reserved for the nights of 27 and 28 June, three nights lodging are 27, 28, and 29.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration
02/01/2018 to 03/02/2018
Regular Registration
03/03/2018 to 04/02/2018
Late Registration
04/03/2018 to 04/16/2018
ILA/NASPA Member - Single Room Rate - 3 Nights
ILA/NASPA Member - Double Room Rate - 3 Nights
Non-Member - Single Room Rate - 3 Nights
Non-Member - Double Room Rate - 3 Nights
ILA/NASPA Member - Single Room Rate - 2 Nights
ILA/NASPA Member - Double Room Rate - 2 Nights
Non-Member - Single Room Rate - 2 Nights
Non-Member - Double Room Rate - 2 Nights


Tonya Murphy
Membership Coordinator
Phone: 202-265-7500, ext 1183

Stephanie Gordon
Vice President for Professional Development
Phone: 202-265-7500, ext 1166


  • Dr. Ken Ruscio

    Dr. Ken Ruscio

    Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges

    Faculty Bio

  • Dr. Larry Roper

    Dr. Larry Roper

    Oregon State University

    Faculty Bio

  • Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien

    Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien

    Texas Christian University

    Faculty Bio


Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron
Salzburg, Austria,

With 55 rooms in the Meierhof, 12 suites in the historic palace, and two townhouses, Schloss Leopoldskron is an exclusive and discreet hideaway just minutes from the Old Town of Salzburg.

Built in 1736, and surrounded by 17 acres of manicured grounds, Schloss Leopoldskron is nestled by a small, idyllic lake, and features majestic views of the mountains and the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

  • Travel

    Salzburg Airport is the second largest international airport in Austria. The airport code is SZG and is located approximately 6km or 12 minutes from the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron.

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