Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program

This program is designed to assist presidents and prospective presidents (in separate programs), 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 lead or 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 by Lilly Endowment Inc., accommodates up to 20 college and university leaders and their spouses or partners in a year-long series of seminars, and has been held ten times since 2005.

Read an article on the program in the Independent.

 Current Status

20 participants, many with spouses and partners, have been selected to participate in the 2014–2015 Vocation and Mission program for prospective presidents. the program will be offered again for perspective presidents in 2016–2017.


The Summer Seminar was held at the Stoweflake Mountain Hotel on July 13–16, 2014, in Stowe, Vermont. The Winter Seminar will be held February 23–24, 2015, at the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree conference center in Atlanta, Georgia.


For the 2014-2015 program, 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 to William V. Frame, 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