ACSI NE 2020 Leadership Conference

Lancaster Double Tree
January 23-24, 2020

Lancaster, PA ·  DoubleTree Resort

Conference Flyer

Welcome to the 2020 ACSI Northeast Regional Leadership Conference! This year's theme will be Reimagine Advancement Leadership, with several relevant tracks including fund development, enrollment retention, marketing/communication, and advancement leadership. Join us for informative, interactive sessions!


Register Today!

Title II Funding Guide

Member Standard- $119
Non-Member Standard- $159


The Double Tree Resort by Hilton Hotel Lancaster
2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster,Pennsylvania, 17602
Phone: (717)
Room rates: $107 plus tax

Accreditation Trainings

Join us for two accreditation trainings (REACH at 1:00 p.m.; ASP at 6:30 p.m.) taking place Wed., Jan. 22 at the Double Tree. Registration is free!

International Students Program (ISP) Training

ACSI will also host an ISP training at the Double Tree with Assistant VP for Academic Services, Dr. Erin Wilcox, starting Wednesday night, Jan. 22, and ending Friday at noon, Jan. 24. Cost to attend is $109/ member school participant, $129/ non-member school participant. Register today!

Preconference Sponsor/Leader Roundtable

Join us for our first-ever sponsor/leader roundtable the evening prior to the Leadership Conference, Wed., Jan. 22, from 5:15-8:40 p.m. We will have a selection of hors d'oeuvres, and will rotate roundtable discussions throughout the evening. Learn more on our sponsor/leader roundtable page.

Program Schedule

Detailed Schedule

Wednesday, January 22

Thursday, January 23
(8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.)
International Students Program Training

8:00 a.m. — Registration
8:10 a.m. — Preconference Prayer
8:30 a.m. — Worship/Welcome
9:15 a.m. — Breakout Session I
10:30 a.m. — Break/Exhibits
11:00 a.m. — Breakout Session II
12:15 p.m.— Lunch
1:30 p.m.— Breakout Session III
2:45 p.m.— Break/Exhibits
3:15 p.m.— Reflect/Connect Session
4:45 p.m.— PA Tax Credit Program Session

Friday, January 24
(7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
International Students Program Training

7:30 a.m. — Registration
7:35 a.m. — Preconference Prayer
7:50 a.m. — Worship/Welcome
8:40 a.m. — Break/Exhibits
9:00 a.m. — Breakout Session IV
10:15 a.m. — Break/Exhibits
10:45 a.m.— Breakout Session V
12:00 p.m.— Optional Lunch

Featured Speakers

Teri O'Connor, Fund Development

Teri O'ConnorTeri O'Connor is the CEO of Advancement by Design, a company that exists to further the mission and ministries of clients through a donor-centric approach. Advancement by Design assists 501c3 organizations in a variety of areas including capital campaigns, feasibility studies, annual giving, organizational development, strategic planning, donor appreciation strategies, and more. Teri is a certified fundraising executive and is passionate about connecting donors with meaningful projects and helping nonprofits better care for the donors who are investing with them.

Ryan Bredow, Marketing/Communication

Ryan BredowRyan Bredow is Assistant Vice President for K-12 Educational Development at Grand Canyon University. He has served in Christian education for 16 years, including serving in a variety of roles in Lutheran secondary schools. He is passionate about bringing the saving name of Jesus Christ to as many kids as possible through Christian education. Outside of the office, Ryan spends his time speaking and consulting with schools around the country in the name of growth strategies and best-practice promotion of Christian education.

Dr. Jay Ferguson, Advancement Leadership

Dr. Jay Ferguson
Dr. Jay Ferguson is the headmaster of Grace Community School, Tyler, Texas. He practiced law for 10 years and, in 2002, joined Grace as development director before assuming the headmaster role in 2003. He's written extensively on Christian education and training children, including his weekly blog, The Head and the Heart. 

Dr. Steve Dill, Advancement Leadership

Dr. Steve DillDr. Steve Dill served at Delaware County Christian School in a variety of roles for 40 years before joining the ACSI staff in 2013. He has served on the ACSI board, as vice president for ACSI Leadership and School Quality, and as Senior Vice President for ACSI USA. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor at several Christian universities and leads ACSI's Education Foundation as the Executive Director.  

Rick Newberry, Enrollment Retention

Rick NewberryRick Newberry is the President of Enrollment Catalyst. His expertise in enrollment management and marketing strategies provides in-depth consulting and coaching for hundreds of schools across the country through his Enrollment Catalyst Program. He brings 30 years of educational leadership experience and he served in the role of headmaster at a large Christian school in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rick provides resources through his blog, webinars, and e-Books to help schools.  


Attendees will earn educational CEUs for attending the conference. Total CEUs available will be posted with the program schedule.


If you have questions, please contact the Northeast Regional Office by phone at (717)285-3022 or by e-mail