Directors Institute

New Directors in Student Affairs focused on Space, Programming, and Community Building

Spring 2024

Empower Your Journey

Expert Guidance and Community for Student Affairs Leaders, Focused on Space, Programming, and Community Building

The Directors Institute is not your typical training program. We’re tailored exclusively for Student Affairs Directors, recognizing the distinctive challenges and responsibilities you face on today’s dynamic campuses.

Amidst the whirlwind of competing priorities, the shifting landscape of higher education, and the constant pressure to innovate, renovate, and delegate for success, this program provides expertise and community to unlock your potential.

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Designed for You.

Designed for emerging leaders in Student Affairs, the Directors Institute program is tailored to directors with under five years of experience in diverse roles that center around community building, space management, and program development

Early-Career Focus

Our program is tailored for early career professionals who have served in a Director role for less than five years. We recognize that the transition to the Director role requires a shift in leadership and management skills that don’t always come from on-the-job training. 

Key Functional Expertise

We invite professionals who specialize in Student Union, Res Life/Housing, Cultural Services, Greek Life, Recreation, International Students, esports, or Conference Services — roles dedicated to fostering vibrant communities, optimizing space, and delivering dynamic programming.

Now Enrolling 2024 Cohort

The Directors Institute starts January 9, 2024, so save your seat today. Participation is limited to ensure engaging discussions and focused attention.

Program Details

5 Month

Monthly, 2-Hour sessions focus on Vital Skills and Topics.


Navigate Individual Challenges with Four 1:1 Coaching Sessions


Join Real-Time Problem Solving and Cohort-Driven Discussions


Flexible Online Sessions for Monthly Workshops and Coaching

Individual Coaching

1:1 Attention + Specific Challenges

In four dynamic 60-minute sessions spread across the five-month program, you can address your urgent concerns, devise strategic solutions for the long term, or plot your career trajectory. The Directors Institute offers one-on-one coaching with Dr. Justin Camputaro, a 25-year veteran in Student Affairs, who mixes coaching, mentoring, and collaborative problem-solving to propel you forward on your journey.

Meet Your Mentor

25 Years of Excellence in Student Affairs

Dr. Camputaro started his Student Affairs career as nearly 25 years ago. During his career, he served as a Student Union & Activities Director at Florida State University (Interim), University of Washington, Virginia Tech, University of North Florida, and Jacksonville University. Collectively, he’s managed 1,000,000+ square feet of space, ten facilities, 150 professional staff, and 1000+ student employees. He has overseen construction/opening of two student unions and one of the first esports facilities on a college campus. His roles also included advising student governments, major programming boards, and union advisory boards.

National Reputation

For 25 years, Justin has served the industry with volunteer roles in ACUI and NACA. He was honored with ACUI Emeritus status in 2022 and served as Chair of ACUI’s Role of the College Union Statement Working Group.

Education Foundation

Justin earned a Doctorate and Master degrees in Higher Education. His research on The Role of the College Union in Developing Students’ Sense of Community won ACUI’s 2019’s Daniel M. Maxwell Dissertation of the Year.  

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Monthly Cohort Sessions

Expert Speakers + Cohort Discussions

The Directors Institute provides exclusive access to seasoned student affairs directors and leading experts, empowering you to master critical departmental topics and forge connections with directors nationwide facing similar challenges.

Dates & Times

Sessions run from 8am – 10am PST (11am – 1pm EST) on these dates.

January 9

February 6

March 5

April 2

May 7

Session Topics
Relevant, critical topics challenging Directors in student affairs roles today

Expert Speaker: Dr. Justin Camputaro
Strategic management provides you and your staff with clarity on your department’s goals and how you will achieve them. 

Expert Speaker: Dr. Will Lewis*
Engaging with DEI and creating a sense of Belonging in your workplace.

Expert Speaker: Dr. Justin Camputaro
Understand the framework on how to create Healthy, Cohesive, Inclusive teams to accomplish your department’s goals.

Expert Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Jacobs*
Fundraising is not just for development staff any longer. Learn how to engage with doners and secure funding.

Expert Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Schenk*
Internal and external politics are increasingly impacting the Director’s role. Learn how to navigate difficult conversations in our ever-changing industry.

Your cohort can customize the experience by voting on three of the eight session topics, ensuring the program meets your needs. 

  • Agile Leadership: Supporting Staff in Change & Transition
  • Fiscal Management
  • Preventing Staff Burnout
  • Managing in All Directions 
  • Professional supervision
  • Risk Management
  • Renovation and Construction
  • Authentic Leadership Style
  • Decision Making for Directors
  • Risk Management

Expert Guest Speakers

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Kim Jacobs, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Development:
College of Engineering
Florida A&M University/Florida State University

W. Lewis

William Lewis, MSW, Ph.D.

Founder: The Culture of Belonging Framework
VP for Diversity and Inclusion: Virginia Tech (previously)

Jeremy Schenk, Ed.D.

Associate VP for Operations and Services:
Northwestern University
2021-2022 ACUI President

*Guest Speakers are subject to change

Now Enrolling 2024 Cohort

The Directors Institute starts January 9, 2024, so save your seat today. Participation is limited to ensure engaging discussions and focused attention.

Supercharge Your Success

4 Personal Coaching Sessions + 5 Monthly Cohort Sessions

Unleash your full potential with our comprehensive program, offering you:

  • 4 personalized coaching sessions, each guided by a former Student Union Executive Director armed with a PhD in Higher Education and expertise in organizational development.

  • Forge invaluable connections with peers navigating similar challenges, connections that will extend far beyond your time at the Director Institute.

  • Delve deep into vital topics with insights from guest experts, expanding your knowledge and honing your skills.

  • Join our exclusive LinkedIn group, a secure space to engage in confidential discussions and access timely insights shared by your fellow cohort members.

Limited Availability: Seats are limited. Secure your spot by January 3, 2024 to embark on a transformational path to success. Enroll now!

Start Your Journey to Become an Exceptional Director Today.