Senior Leadership Academy

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) are pleased to announce the 2014–2015 Senior Leadership Academy (SLA), a year-long program for mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. 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 a college or university vice president or cabinet officer.

View the program results to date.

Read an article on the academy in the Fall 2014 Independent.

 Current Status for 2014–2015

Twenty-five participants from independent colleges and universities have been selected to participate in the program. The fall seminar will be held in Portland, Oregon, October 31–November 2, 2013. The closing seminar will be held in Washington, DC, June 24–26, 2015.

To learn more about the program, download the 2014–2015 Senior Leadership Academy brochure.


The fall seminar will be held in Portland, Oregon, October 31–November 2, 2014, beginning with lunch at noon on October 31 and ending at noon on November 2. The closing seminar will be held in Washington, DC, June 24–26, 2015.


The program fee for the 2014–2015 academic year is $1,800. The fee includes all program costs as well as meals during the two seminars. The SLA is supported generously by AALI, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Academic Search, Inc. The participant or his or her institution also 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 unusually limited funding for professional development.


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

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