Executive Leadership Academy

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) is a year-long program cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) to prepare experienced provosts and vice presidents to become successful presidents. It includes two national seminars, readings, webinars, individualized experiential activities, and structured mentorship experiences. By completing the program, participants will have acquired considerable knowledge, skills, and experiences that are germane to the portfolio of responsibilities and activities central to the work of the president.

View the program results to date.

Read an article on the academy in the Independent.


 Current Status for 2015–2016

Approximately 40 cabinet officers, drawn from all divisions of the institution, were selected for the 2015–2016 program. Participants attended the first seminar, which took place July 16–18, 2015, in Washington, DC. The closing seminar will be held June 20–22, 2016, in Washington, DC.
Additional information about the program is available in the 2015–2016 program brochure.

 Nomination Information

Approximately 40 cabinet officers, drawn from all divisions of the institution, will be selected for the 2016–2017 program—half from Council of Independent Colleges member institutions and half from American Association of State Colleges and Universities institutions. Eligibility is open to individuals who are currently serving in “cabinet”-level positions.
To submit a nomination, please refer to the brochure and online nomination form.
The nomination packet is due by Monday, January 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST. Selection of participants will be announced by Friday, February 12, 2016.


Two seminars will be held in Washington, DC, led by current and former presidents and chancellors as well as experts in various areas of presidential responsibility, on July 11–13, 2016, and June 19–21, 2017.


The program fee for the 2016–2017 academic year is $2,270. The fee includes all program costs as well as meals during the two seminars. The participant or his or her institution is responsible for travel and lodging expenses. Support to offset some of these costs is available to a small number of participants at institutions with limited funding for professional development.



For questions about the nomination, selection process, or program logistics, contact Barbara Hetrick, senior vice president, CIC, at bhetrick@cic.nche.edu or (202) 466-7230.

For questions about program content, contact Tom Kepple, president, AALI, at kepplet@americanali.org or (202) 263-7488.