Nominations for 2017–2018 Executive Leadership Academy Due January 13

ELA brochure coverCabinet officers at CIC member institutions who are contemplating the move to a college presidency are encouraged to consider participating in the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA). Cosponsored by CIC, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the American Academic Leadership Institute, the ELA prepares experienced provosts and vice presidents to become successful presidents.

The program consists of two seminars in Washington, DC (July 20–22, 2017, and June 18–20, 2018); readings concerning presidential leadership; completion of a professional experiential plan developed by the participant and his or her president; mentorship by both the participant’s president and the ELA program director; executive career coaching; and several structured conference calls among the participant, mentor, and program director. By completing the program, participants will acquire considerable new knowledge, skills, and experiences that are germane to the portfolio of responsibilities and the work of a college or university president. The program has an impressive track record; five of the 37 participants in the 2015–2016 cohort already have been appointed as presidents, and 52 of the program’s 226 alumni have made the leap since the inception of the program in 2009.

Approximately 40 cabinet officers, drawn from all divisions of the institution, will be selected for the 2017–2018 ELA cohort—roughly half each from CIC and AASCU member institutions. Eligibility is open to individuals who are currently serving in senior-level positions in academic affairs, advancement, administration and​ finance, and student affairs. Outstanding candidates also may be in such positions as senior assistant to the president or legal counsel. The president to whom the senior officer reports must nominate the candidate and commit to support during the year-long program. The nomination packet is due January 13, 2017.

After participating in the 2015–2016 Executive Leadership Academy, J. Andrew Paul, vice president for academic affairs at the University of St. Francis (IN), said, “It was wonderful to be able to participate in a program that prepares cabinet-level officers for the presidency. ELA helped us through a self-guided process of discernment, providing good opportunities for networking and support along the way.”

View more details and the nomination form.