CIC Accepting Nominations for 2016–2017 Executive, Senior Leadership Academies

CIC is currently accepting nominations for the 2016–2017 Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) and Senior Leadership Academy (SLA). In announcing the programs, CIC President Richard Ekman said he hopes that “member presidents will encourage promising campus leaders to consider a college or university presidency and to spend next year preparing for a presidency by nominating them for participation in the ELA. Similarly, I encourage presidents, provosts, and vice presidents to nominate talented leaders who are currently faculty leaders or mid-level administrators to prepare to assume a vice presidency by participating in the SLA.”
CIC originally developed these programs to help prepare the next generation to fill expected gaps in higher education leadership. Since 2009, 47 of the 189 total CIC participants in the ELA have been appointed as presidents; and since the 2012–2013 cohort completed the program, 51 of the 146 total SLA participants have advanced in their careers. “These programs have demonstrated, however, that they help fill other leadership gaps as well,” Ekman said. “The programs prepare leaders to move into other more responsible positions on campus and strengthen the institutional perspective and leadership skills of participants so they are able to perform at a higher level in their current positions.”

Executive Leadership Academy

Cosponsored by CIC, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), ELA prepares experienced provosts and vice presidents to become successful presidents. The program consists of two seminars in Washington, DC, (July 11–13, 2016, and June 19–21, 2017); readings concerning presidential leadership; a Professional Experiential Plan developed by the participant and his or her president; mentorship by both the participant’s president and the program director; executive career coaching; and several structured conference calls with the participant, mentor, and program director. 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,” said Barbara Hetrick, senior vice president of CIC.
Approximately 40 cabinet officers, drawn from all divisions of the institution, will be selected for the 2016–2017 program—half from CIC member institutions and half from AASCU institutions. Eligibility is open to individuals who are currently serving in senior-level positions in academic affairs, advancement, administration, finance, and student affairs. Outstanding candidates also may be in such positions as senior assistant to the president or legal counsel. Presidents to whom the senior officer reports must nominate the candidate. The nomination packet is due by January 11, 2016.
After participating in the 2015–2016 Executive Leadership Academy, Sandra Cassady, vice president for strategic initiatives at St. Ambrose University (IA), said “The ELA was a transformative development experience that helped me gain the knowledge and skills needed for executive-level higher education leadership. Learning from the experiences of many accomplished leaders, networking with fellow participants, and completing a customized professional experience plan enriched my ability to work across the divisions of my current university and helped me carefully consider the next steps.”
For more details and the nomination form, see

Senior Leadership Academy

CIC and AALI cosponsor SLA, which prepares mid-level college and university administrators for future roles as vice presidents and cabinet officers. The program consists of two seminars—in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 3–5, 2016, and Washington, DC, June 22–24, 2017. It also includes readings concerning senior campus leadership; a Professional Experience Plan developed by the participant and his or her mentor; mentorship by the participant’s nominator and the program director; executive career coaching; and several structured conference calls. Hetrick also said that the SLA provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and experiences that are relevant to the portfolio of responsibilities and activities central to the work of a college or university vice president or cabinet officer.
Up to 25 participants from independent colleges and universities will be selected for the program, which is intended for individuals whose next position most likely would be a cabinet position in academic affairs, student affairs, finance and administration, enrollment management, or advancement and who would like to advance in responsibilities in college administration. A participant’s current position may be assistant or associate provost, assistant or associate vice president, academic dean, assistant or associate dean, academic division chair, or administrative director. Under certain circumstances exceptional faculty leaders may be included as well. Individuals who wish to participate should ask the president, provost, or a vice president of his or her current institution to submit the nomination. The nomination packet is due by January 29, 2016.
Beth Schwartz, who participated in the 2014–2015 cohort of SLA as assistant dean at Randolph College (VA) and is now vice president for academic affairs and provost at Heidelberg University (OH), related, “The ability to observe mentors, the opportunity to sit in on meetings across campus, the discussions with senior leadership both at my home institution and a nearby institution, the networking opportunities, and the professional experience plan helped me understand better the roles of administrators across campus, be a stronger candidate when applying for administrative positions, and be a more experienced candidate when stepping into a senior leadership role.”
Thomas R. Kepple, president of AALI and president emeritus of Juniata College (PA), directs both ELA and SLA. Both programs are supported by AALI and Academic Search, Inc.
For more information and the SLA nomination form, visit