Nominations for 2019–2020 Executive Leadership Academy Are Due January 18

ELA brochure coverCollege and university vice presidents and other cabinet officers who are contemplating the move to a college presidency should 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), the ELA prepares experienced provosts and vice presidents for presidencies and other senior-level positions.

The program consists of two seminars in Washington, DC (July 15–17, 2019, and June 17–19, 2020); readings on presidential leadership; completion of a professional experience plan; mentorship by both the participant’s president and Linda Bleicken, ELA program director and AALI president; executive career coaching; and structured conference calls among the participant, mentor, and program director. By completing the program, participants will acquire considerable knowledge, skills, and experiences that are germane to the responsibilities and activities of a president or other senior leader.

Approximately 40 cabinet officers, drawn from all divisions of the institution, will be selected for the 2019–2020 ELA cohort—roughly half from CIC and half from AASCU member institutions. Individuals who are currently serving in senior-level positions in academic affairs, advancement, administration, finance, and student affairs are eligible for the program. 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 yearlong program. The nomination packet is due January 18, 2019.

From 2010 to 2018, 78 of the program’s 299 alumni (26 percent) have become presidents or chancellors and others have experienced various career advancements. According to Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary (PA), who was senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Shenandoah University (PA) when he was in the 2009–2010 cohort of ELA: “The ELA prepared me to be ready for my dream job—president of my alma mater. Through the yearlong training, I was able to identify my strengths and, more importantly, weaknesses in my experience that would prevent me from getting that job. I was then able to work with the mentors to gain those experiences so that I could present myself as the most qualified candidate.”

More information and the nomination form are available on the program website. For questions about the nomination process, selection process, or program logistics, contact Barbara Hetrick, CIC senior advisor, at or (202) 466-7230.