2019–2020 Executive and Senior Leadership Academy Participants Selected, New Diversity Fellowships Offered

CIC recently announced selections for the 2019–2020 cohorts of the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) and Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) (see the participant lists below). Individuals chosen for the yearlong ELA program are vice presidents or other 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 or outstanding faculty leaders in CIC member institutions who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities.

Both the ELA and SLA include two national seminars, readings, webinars, structured mentorship guidance, and considerable emphasis on individualized experiential activities. The programs 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.

The ELA and SLA are made possible through the generous support of Academic Search. CIC partners with the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) to offer the SLA and with both AALI and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to offer the ELA.

An exciting new development in the evolution of ELA and SLA is the offer by AALI, which is generously supported by Academic Search, to assist in CIC’s efforts to increase both the gender and the racial and ethnic diversity of qualified and well- prepared leaders of independent colleges and universities. AALI is doing so by subsidizing the cost of ELA and SLA participation with a fellowship that covers the full fee for participants and a scholarship toward the cost of travel or lodging for two CIC participants in the ELA and six participants in the SLA. The AALI board will review the fellowship over the coming year and determine whether it can be a regular feature of the programs.

Upon learning that she had been selected for the 2019–2020 Senior Leadership Academy and an AALI Diversity Fellowship, a recipient recently remarked, “I am honored and grateful to have been selected for the Senior Leadership Academy as well as the AALI Diversity Fellowship. I look forward to what is sure to be a very valuable professional learning experience.”

CIC staff members believe that the availability of fellowship support through the generosity of AALI helped to attract a significant number of women and people of color to the pools of nominees. This year, 16 (or nearly 70 percent) of the ELA nominees were women, and six (25 percent) of the nominees were people of color. The selection committee extended invitations to participate to 17 candidates, including 13 women and five people of color. Among the 70 nominees for SLA, 39 were women, or over 55 percent of the nominees, and ten were people of color, or 14 percent of the nominees. The selection committee chose a total of 41 participants, including 22 women and seven people of color.

Nominations for the 2020–2021 ELA and SLA will open in September 2019. For more information, visit the ELA program site and the SLA program site.


​Butler University (IN)
Kathryn A. Morris
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California Lutheran University
Regina D. Biddings-Muro
Vice President for University Advancement

Gallaudet University (DC)
Elavie Ndura
Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Loyola University Maryland
Robert Kelly
Vice President and Special Assistant to the President

Marywood University (PA)
Renee G. Zehel
Vice President for University Advancement

Midland University (NE)
Jessica Janssen
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Misericordia University (PA)
Susan Helwig
Vice President for University Advancement

Nichols College (MA)
Kerry Calnan
Vice President for Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness

Ohio Northern University
Maria L. Cronley
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Samford University (AL)
Betsy B. Holloway
Vice President for Marketing and Communication

Southern New Hampshire University
Michael Evans
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Spelman College (GA)
Ingrid Hayes
Vice President for Enrollment Management

St. Bonaventure University (NY)
Douglas J. Pisano
Founding Dean of Health Professions

Talladega College (AL)
Lisa Long
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Thiel College (PA)
Ashley Zullo
Vice President for Enrollment Management

University of La Verne (CA)
Sherri G. Mylott
Vice President for University Advancement

University of Saint Francis (IN)
Lance Richey
Vice President for Academic Affairs


Adrian College (MI)
Melissa Stewart
Director, Study Abroad Institute

Aquinas College (MI)
Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush
Associate Provost, Dean of Curriculum, and Director of the Advantage Center

Aurora University (IL)
Sarah Radtke
Faculty Senate Chair and Chair, Athletic Training Department

Berry College (GA)
Alan Hughes
Chair, Department of Psychology and Co-Chair, Institutional Effectiveness

Brevard College (NC)
Jennifer Frick-Ruppert
Chair, Science and Mathematics Division

Catawba College (NC)
Forrest Anderson
Associate Provost

Claflin University (SC)
Echol Nix
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Columbia College (MO)
Madeleine Schep
Interim Dean of the Faculty and Academic Affairs

Culver-Stockton College (MO)
Kimberly Gaither
Associate Dean for Student Success and Assessment

Curry College (MA)
Carrie L. Cokely
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Denison University (OH)
Kimberly Specht
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Dominican University of California
Laura A. Stivers
Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education

Drake University (IA)
Renée Cramer
Professor of Law, Politics, and Society

Drew University (NJ)
Jessica Lakin
Associate Provost for Academic Administration

Eckerd College (FL)
David Gliem
Chair, Creative Arts Division

Elizabethtown College (PA)
Kyle C. Kopko
Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning

Elmhurst College (IL)
Paul E. Arriola
Associate Dean of the Faculty

Friends University (KS)
Kenneth M. Stoltzfus
Academic Dean

George Fox University (OR)
Jamie Noling-Auth
Lead University Pastor and Dean for Spiritual and Intercultural Life

Gettysburg College (PA)
Darrien Davenport
Executive Director, Office of Multicultural Engagement

Grinnell College (IA)
Mark Levandoski
Associate Dean of the College
Huntingdon College (AL)
Tom Perrin
Associate Provost

Indiana Institute of Technology
Jeffrey S. Leichty
Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services

Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC)
Veronica McComb
Director, Honors Academy

Mary Baldwin University (VA)
Martha Walker
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Monmouth College (IL)
Daniel J. Ott
Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion and Coordinator of Integrated Studies

Morningside College (IA)
J. Alden Stout
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Nebraska Wesleyan College
Kathy Wolfe
Dean of Undergraduate Programs

North Park University (IL)
Gregor Thuswaldner
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Northwestern College (IA)
Dean Calsbeek
Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences

Norwich University (VT)
Karen L. Hinkle
Associate Provost for Research and Chief Research Officer

Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)
George A. Williams
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Success

Randolph College (VA)
Emily Yap Chua
Chair, Department of Music and Director, Guest Artist Series

Regis College (MA)
Kathryn Edney
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Shenandoah University (VA)
Justin Allen
Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Spiritual Life, and Director of the Institute for Church Professions

Simpson College (IA)
Mark E. Gammon
Associate Dean for General Education

Spelman College (GA)
Andrea Lewis
Chair, Education Department

St. Norbert College (WI)
Karlyn Crowley
Director, Cassandra Voss Center

Talladega College (AL)
Angela Walker
Assistant to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs; Chair, Public Administration Department; and Faculty Development Coordinator

The College of St. Scholastica (MN)
Ryan Sandefer
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Whitworth University (WA)
Brooke Kiener
Associate Provost