Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program

This program is designed to assist prospective presidents, along with their spouses or partners, to clarify their own sense of personal vocation, and to weigh it in the context of the missions of the institutions they might lead in the future. Through a series of structured conversations, participants engage in an exploration of the ways in which a greater understanding of the alignment of personal vocation and institutional mission can be a resource for effective presidential leadership. The program, funded by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., will include up to 20 participants and their spouses or partners.

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 Current Status

This program—offered in 2016–2017 for the seventh time—provides up to 20 nominees and their spouses or partners with the opportunity for candid, intense, small-group discussion among their peers about presidential vocation and institutional mission.

Selected participants will be notified by March 11, 2016.


The Summer Seminar will be held at the Woodstock Inn & Resort on July 10–13, 2016, in Woodstock, Vermont. The Winter Seminar will be held February 27–28, 2017, at the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree hotel in Peachtree City, Georgia.


Thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., most expenses, including travel stipends for both the Summer and Winter Seminars, as well as lodging, meals, consultations, and materials during the program will be covered by CIC for participants and their spouses or partners. There is a one-time registration fee of $400 for the prospective president and $250 for an accompanying spouse or partner due upon acceptance into the program.


Nominators and prospective participants can direct questions about the program to Frederik Ohles, CIC senior advisor and program director, by email at or to Harold V. Hartley III, CIC senior vice president, by phone at (202) 466-7230 or email at