Executive Leadership Academy Nominations Are Due January 12

ELA brochure coverCIC invites cabinet officers who are contemplating the move to a college presidency 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 (AALI), ELA prepares experienced provosts and vice presidents to become successful presidents.

The program consists of two seminars in Washington, DC (June 25–27, 2018, and June 17–19, 2019); 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 and AALI President Linda Bleicken; executive career coaching; and structured conference calls among the participant, mentor, and program director. By completing the program, participants will acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences that they need to become effective presidents and that distinguish them from other candidates. The program has a proven track record: 67 of the program’s 262 alumni have been appointed as presidents or chancellors since the inception of the program in 2009.

Approximately 40 cabinet officers, drawn from all divisions of the institution, will be selected for the 2018–2019 ELA cohort—roughly half each from CIC and AASCU member institutions. Individuals who are currently serving in senior-level positions in academic affairs, advancement, administration, finance, and student affairs are eligible. 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 mentorship during the year-long program. The nomination packet is due January 12, 2018.

Lynn Morton, first-year president of Warren Wilson College (NC) and 2016–2017 ELA alumna, reflected, “During the ELA seminars, I was struck by the talks by current and past presidents, and their words have come back to me often in the past five months. One piece of advice was particularly apropos—put your people first. No one but a sitting president could have made that point so effectively. I don’t think anyone should take a presidency on without the ELA experience. While nothing can truly prepare a person for this work, a year-long reflection does the best job of it that I can imagine.”

The ELA is supported by the American Academic Leadership Institute and Academic Search, Inc. View more details and the nomination form.