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About the Academy

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI)
are pleased to announce the 2020–2021 Senior Leadership Academy (SLA), a yearlong program for
mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent
colleges or universities. By completing the program, participants will have acquired considerable
knowledge, skills, and experiences that are germane to the portfolio of responsibilities and activities
central to the work of a college or university vice president or cabinet officer.

The Need for Well-Prepared Leaders

CIC and AALI developed the Senior Leadership Academy in response to presidents and provosts who noted that many talented people on their campuses serving in mid-levels of leadership responsibility would benefit from professional development opportunities to become better prepared to assume senior “line” responsibilities at the vice presidential/cabinet level. The SLA helps to fill the gap in the current leadership pipeline through the preparation of leaders who show promise of developing the talents and skills needed to succeed in a senior leadership position on campus. The SLA also helps participants achieve a better understanding of the broader context within which their own institution operates and a perspective on higher education beyond their current role.

The Senior Leadership Academy provided me with invaluable experience as I considered applying for provost positions. The mentorship, camaraderie among participants, and excellent presentations by higher education leaders allowed me to learn important lessons in academic leadership. In particular, there was an emphasis on preparing to apply for ‘the next move,’ and these lessons were pivotal as I applied for provost and president positions.”—Lily D. McNair, SLA 2010–2011, president, Tuskegee University; formerly provost and vice president for academic affairs, Wagner College, and associate provost of research, Spelman College

Current Status for 2019–2020

​CIC selected 41 participants from independent colleges and universities to participate in the program, which is intended for individuals whose next position most likely would be a cabinet position in academic affairs, student affairs, finance and administration, enrollment management, or advancement and who would like to advance in responsibilities in college administration.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Current Status for 2017–2018

​Up to 30 participants from independent colleges and universities will be selected for the program, which is intended for individuals whose next position most likely would be a cabinet position in academic affairs, student affairs, finance and administration, enrollment management, or advancement and who would like to advance in responsibilities in college administration.

Selection of participants will be announced by Friday, February 23, 2018.

Program Results

Since 2010, nine cohorts have completed the Senior Leadership Academy.

To date, nearly one-third (31.8 percent) of all participants have experienced career advancement.

Understanding the chief academic officer role is difficult until one actually steps into the role. The SLA, however, provides insight into the role that not only helps interested faculty and staff members decide if the CAO position fits their professional interests and passions, but also positions them well if they decide to apply for CAO positions. Most importantly, the SLA provides a greater understanding of the many areas of responsibility that the CAO position entails. Finally, the network of colleagues one meets in SLA and continues to see at CIC conferences becomes invaluable.”—Beth M. Schwartz, SLA 2014–2015, vice president for academic affairs and provost, Heidelberg University; formerly assistant dean, Randolph College

Nomination Procedure

Up to 40 participants from independent colleges and universities will be selected for the program, which is intended for individuals whose next position most likely would be a cabinet position in academic affairs, student affairs, finance and administration, enrollment management, or advancement and who would like to advance in responsibilities in college administration.

A participant’s current position may be assistant or associate provost, assistant or associate vice president, academic dean, assistant or associate dean, academic division chair, or administrative director. Under certain circumstances, general counsels and faculty senate chairs may be included as well.
 
To submit a nomination, please refer to the brochure and online nomination form.

The nomination packet is due by Friday, February 14, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST. Selection of participants will be announced by Friday, March 6, 2020.
For me, the value of the Senior Leadership Academy lies in three areas. First, the program introduces aspiring administrators to like-minded colleagues, who become friends. Second, it opens doors for aspiring senior leaders to see inside other institutions and learn how colleagues address the challenges and opportunities we are all facing. Finally, the program introduces individuals to the search firms and the search processes that help shape their professional future. It is an invaluable program that helps academic leaders see their institution, their work, and their future with fresh eyes.”—Erik Ankerberg, SLA 2014–2015, associate vice president of academics, Concordia University Chicago; formerly provost and chief academic officer, Concordia University in Austin, and assistant provost and director of the honors program, Wisconsin Lutheran University

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Nomination Procedure

Up to 40 participants from CIC Institutional Members will be selected for the program, which is intended for individuals whose next position most likely would be a cabinet position in academic affairs, student affairs, finance and administration, enrollment management, or advancement and who would like to advance in responsibilities in college administration.

A participant’s current position may be assistant or associate provost, assistant or associate vice president, academic dean, assistant or associate dean, academic division chair, or administrative director. Under certain circumstances, general counsels and faculty senate chairs may be included as well.
 
To submit a nomination, please refer to the brochure and online nomination form.

The nomination packet is due by Friday, February 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST. Selection of participants will be announced by Friday, March 8, 2019.
The Senior Leadership Academy was of profound help to me as a developing leader in academia…. The SLA provided a perfect balance of practical guidance for the position I held and professional advice for the future. In addition, it instantly created an outstanding network of individuals who are facing similar challenges at their institutions.”—Darrin Good, SLA 2014–2015, vice president for academic affairs, Whittier College

AALI Diversity Fellowship

With generous support from AALI, CIC will offer a small number of fellowships to enhance the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity of well-prepared leaders of colleges and universities. Preference will be given to nominees from under-resourced institutions that otherwise might be unable to support a participant in the leadership development programs. Nominators should check the box on the nomination form if they wish their nominee to be considered for a fellowship.

Locations and Costs

​The fall seminar will be held in Baltimore, MD, November 6–8, 2020. The closing seminar will be held in Washington, DC, June 17–19, 2021.

The program fee for the 2020–2021 academic year is $2,400. The fee includes all program costs as well as meals during the two seminars. The participant or his or her institution is responsible for travel and lodging expenses.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Location and Costs

​The fall seminar will be held in San Antonio,TX, November 3–5, 2017. The closing seminar will be held in Washington, DC, June 21–23, 2018.

The program fee for the 2017–2018 academic year is $2,000. The fee includes all program costs as well as meals during the two seminars. The SLA is supported generously by AALI and Academic Search, Inc. The participant or his or her institution is responsible for travel and lodging expenses. Support to offset some of these costs is available to a small number of participants at institutions with limited funding for professional development.

Contact Information

​For questions about the nomination process, selection process, or program logistics, contact Barbara Hetrick, senior advisor, CIC, at bhetrick@cic.nche.edu or (202) 466-7230.

For questions about program content, contact Linda Bleicken, president, AALI, at linda@americanali.org or (202) 263-7488.