CIC Announces 2016–2017 Senior Leadership Academy Participants

three panelists speak from the head table
During the 2015–2016 Senior Leadership Academy, held in Baltimore, Maryland, November 6–8, 2015, Daniel Helwig of Lebanon Valley College (PA), Stefanie Niles of Dickinson College, and Beth Schwartz of Heidelberg University (OH) discussed “The Search Experience.”

CIC in March announced 30 participants selected as members of the 2016–2017 Senior Leadership Academy (SLA). The year-long program prepares mid-level administrators from all divisions for vice presidencies at colleges and universities.
The program includes several components. The opening seminar on November 4–6, 2016, will coincide with CIC’s upcoming Institute for Chief Academic Officers in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the closing seminar will take place in Washington, DC, June 22–24, 2017. Between the seminars, participants will engage in readings and webinars, receive structured mentorship guidance, and gather in smaller groups by region or topics of mutual interest. Importantly, they will create and execute a Professional Experiential Plan designed to enhance their professional development so that they are ready to assume all responsibilities in a vice president’s portfolio.
“The Senior Leadership Academy was an excellent investment of time and resources. It’s rare to get this type of focused, intentional professional development that addresses broad overarching topics in higher education plus targeted individual areas for growth and learning,” remarked Mimi Steadman, associate vice president of institutional effectiveness at Daemen College (NY) and participant in the 2015–2016 SLA.
SLA is jointly sponsored by CIC and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). Tom Kepple, president of AALI and president emeritus of Juniata College (PA), is the program director. For more information, visit

participants share ideas at a roundtable discussion
Participants explored a diverse range of topics during the 2015–2016 Academy’s opening session.

Senior Leadership Academy Success


61% of participants in the first SLA cohort (2010-2011) have advanced their careers, either at their home institutions or at other colleges and universities  

19% of participants in the most recently completed SLA cohort (2014-2015) already have earned more advanced positions.  


Anderson University (IN)
Joel D. Shrock
Dean, School of Humanities

Baldwin Wallace University (OH)
Lisa A. Henderson
Assistant Provost

Cabrini College (PA)
Mary H. Harris
Dean, Academic Affairs

California Lutheran University
Kristine D. Calara
Associate Vice President for University Advancement

Cedar Crest College (PA)
Robert Andrew Wilson
Associate Provost

Centenary College of Louisiana
Karen Soul
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Chowan University (NC)
Cynthia Salley Nicholson
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Converse College (SC)
Boone J. Hopkins
Dean, School of the Arts

Culver-Stockton College (MO)
Lauren B. Schellenberger
Chair, Division of Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences

Fresno Pacific University (CA)
Ronald Herms
Dean, School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences

Georgian Court University (NJ)
Janice I. Warner
Dean, School of Business and Digital Media

Gettysburg College (PA)
Kristin J. Stuempfle
Associate Provost for Academic Assessment and Dean, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science

Grinnell College (IA)
Karla A. Erickson
Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology

Hamline University (MN)
Carrie A. Albers
Associate Vice President for Development

Hampshire College (MA)
Daniel Clay Ballantine
Chief Advancement Officer

Kalamazoo College (MI)
Michael Joseph Sosulski
Associate Provost and Associate Professor of German

Linfield College (OR)
Gerardo Ochoa
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships

Marymount Manhattan College
Kathleen LeBesco
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Morehouse College (GA)
Jann H. Adams
Associate Provost for Faculty and Professor of Psychology

Misericordia University (PA)
Joseph J. Grilli
Director, Corporate and Institutional Recruitment

Mount Mary University (WI)
Kathleen Dougherty
Dean, School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education

Neumann University (PA)
Alfred G. Mueller II
Dean, Division of Arts and Sciences

Queens University of Charlotte (NC)
John P. Downey
Dean of Students

Spelman College (GA)
Leyte L. Winfield
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

St. Ambrose University (IA)
Regina M. Matheson
Dean, Graduate and Adult Education

Susquehanna University (PA)
Dave Ramsaran
Director, Honors Program, and Professor of Sociology

The College of New Rochelle (NY)
Kathryn M. LaFontana
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Great Falls (MT)
Gregory D. Madson
Academic Dean and Professor of Sociology

Wabash College (IN)
Todd F. McDorman
Senior Associate Dean of the College and Professor of Rhetoric

Wartburg College (IA)
Daniel Joseph Walther
Director, German Institute, and Chair, Department of History