2018–2019 Executive and Senior Leadership Academy Participants Selected

​CIC recently announced selections for the 2018–2019 cohorts of the Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) and Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) (see the participant lists below). Individuals chosen for the year-long ELA program are vice presidents or cabinet officers who aspire to be successful college or university presidents or to perform more effectively in their current positions. Individuals chosen for the SLA program are mid-level administrators in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Both programs include two national seminars, readings, webinars, structured mentorship guidance, and considerable emphasis on individualized experiential activities.

The ELA and SLA provide participants opportunities to learn about the real issues that will confront them as they advance in their careers, to reflect on their own abilities and experiences, and to seek the positions for which they are best suited.

One of the participants accepted into the 2018–2019 ELA is Lori Quigley, vice president for academic affairs at Medaille College (NY). Quigley was pleased to be nominated for the ELA because of the quality of her experience in the 2013–2014 SLA, when she was dean of the Esteves School of Education, The Sage Colleges (NY)-Russell Sage Campus. “The SLA allowed me to refine and begin to perfect my interpersonal skills in respecting and appreciating the diverse roles within each cabinet area,” Quigley explained. “My professional experience plan through the SLA provided me with a healthy appreciation of the value and importance of all areas beyond academics. Through my provost’s mentorship and the academy activities, I gained a deeper appreciation of various cabinet-level roles and responsibilities, strengthened my skills in understanding the working relationship between the college president and vice presidents, and enhanced my ability to maintain a positive and respectful relationship with the college’s Board of Trustees.” As these experiences helped her to move up to a position as chief academic officer, she expects that the ELA will help her develop her abilities to take on a presidency, should she decide to seek the role.

Another recent alumnus of the SLA, Joseph Roidt, chief academic officer at Dakota Wesleyan University (SD), also believes strongly in the value of the program. “SLA provided me with precisely the sort of guidance and support I needed and proved invaluable in teaching me how to present myself effectively on the CAO market,” Roidt said. “The program helped me to more clearly see the broader landscape of higher education and to discern the next steps in my career.”

Both the ELA and SLA are made possible through the generous support of Academic Search, Inc. CIC partners with the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) to present the SLA and with both AALI and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to present the ELA. Nominations for the 2019–2020 ELA and SLA will open in September 2018. For more information, visit the ELA program page and the SLA program page.

Two graphs: 1. 37% of the 296 participants who have completed the Executive Leadership Academy since 2009 have been appointed as presidents or chancellors; 2. 28% of the 238 participants who have completed the Senior Leadership Academy since 2010 have advanced to positions with increased responsibility  


Carlos Basurto Meza
Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)

Mark L. Biermann
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Valparaiso University (IN)

Justin Carswell
Vice President for Christian Ministries and Dean of the Chapel
College of the Ozarks (MO)

Sharon Dudley
General Counsel
Bethune-Cookman University (FL)

DonnaJean Fredeen
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rider University (NJ)

Monique Guillory
Vice President for Academic Affairs
College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ)

Steve Herendeen
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Indiana Institute of Technology

Mark A. Husbands
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northwestern College (IA)

Walter Iwanenko
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Gannon University (PA)
Kevin Jackson
Vice President for Student Life
Baylor University (TX)

John J. King
Vice President for Student Life
Roger Williams University (RI)

Terry Logan Papillon
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)

Tracy S. Parkinson
Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Special Assistant to the President
Coker College (SC)

Joan Poor
Upper Iowa University

Lori V. Quigley
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Medaille College (NY)

Beth Reissenweber
Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Augsburg University (MN)

Karl Ivan Solibakke
Vice President for Finance and Interim Vice President for Advancement
Ripon College (WI)


Adrian Aldrich
Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs
North Central College (IL)

J. Alan Alewine
Associate Dean of Curriculum and Professor of Mathematics
McKendree University (IL)

Aimee Badeaux
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (LA)

Paul James Ballard
Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention
St. Norbert College (WI)

Lauren Bergey
Chair, Science Department; Director of Honors Program; and Associate Professor of Biology
Centenary University (NJ)

Natalia F. Blank
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Assessment and Associate Professor of Chemistry
Norwich University (VT)

Gregory LaMont Bosworth
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Jarvis Christian College (TX)

Robin Bowlus
Senior Director of Advancement Operations and Public Relations
Bluffton University (OH)

Duane Coltharp
Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Faculty Development
Trinity University (TX)

Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell
Director of the Teaching Excellence Program and Professor of Psychology
Lewis & Clark College (OR)

John Joseph Dilustro
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Chowan University (NC)

Tracy Dinesen
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Retention
Simpson College (IA)

Derek John Driedger
Dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies and Associate Professor of English
Dakota Wesleyan University (SD)

Cheryl Denise Edelson
Interim Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts
Chaminade University of Honolulu (HI)

Lorna Laney Fink
University Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Lynn University (FL)

James Godo
Assistant Vice President for External Affairs and Special Assistant to the President
North Central College (IL)

Deborah Hokien
Director, PhD Program and Professor of Chemistry
Marywood University (PA)

Joseph Michael Incandela
Associate Dean and Professor of Religious Studies
Saint Mary’s College (IN)

Steven Paul Jacobson
Senior Associate Vice President for Student Life
University of the Pacific (CA)

Andrew B. Jones
Dean of Student Success
Illinois College

Daniel Kelting
Executive Director of Adirondack Watershed Institute and Professor of Environmental Science
Paul Smith’s College (NY)

Deborah Kisatsky
Director of Peace and Conflict Studies and Associate Professor of History
Assumption College (MA)
Kristi Kneas
Dean of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development
Elizabethtown College (PA)

Jeremy Kolwinska
Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
University of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN)

Marcela Kostihova
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Hamline University (MN)

Deborah Lawrence
Dean of Russell Sage College
The Sage Colleges (NY)

Michael Marshall
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services and Interim Dean of Student Services and Campus Life
Clark Atlanta University (GA)

Tracey Dexter Matthews
Dean, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Springfield College (MA)

Steven Michels
Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning
Sacred Heart University (CT)

Mildred A. Mihlon
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assessment
Saint Peter’s University (NJ)

Jonathan Millen
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rider University (NJ)

Jennifer Miller
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Professional and Graduate Studies
Hiram College (OH)

Roman Ortega
Director of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment
Lewis University (IL)

Heather Pieper-Olson
Interim Co-Vice President for Institutional Advancement
College of Saint Benedict (MN)

Rosa Rivera-Hainaj
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)

Juan Armando Rojas
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Spanish
Ohio Wesleyan University

Maynard Schaus
Associate Provost and Professor of Biology
Virginia Wesleyan University

Ashley Schofield
Claflin University (SC)

Brian William Smith
Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science
St. Edward’s University (TX)

Gabrielle St. Leger
Dean of Students
New York Institute of Technology

Michele Starkey
Associate Provost
Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA)

Jamie Thompson
Director of Student Involvement
Trinity University (TX)

Mary Alice Trent
Chair, Division of Modern Language and Literature and Professor of English
Indiana Wesleyan University

Scott Wilson
Associate Dean for Global Citizenship
Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)

Mark Darrell Wood
Director of Pre-Health Sciences and Professor of Chemistry
Drury University (MO)