Senior Leadership Academy 2021–2022 11/5/2021 11/5/2021 11/5/202111/7/202111/7/202111/7/2021 Galt House Hotel Louisville, KY

About the Academy

The Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) is 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.

Current Status

The Senior Leadership Academy will return to a face-to-face model this fall, holding its 2021–2022 opening seminar in Louisville, Kentucky, November 5–7, 2021, in conjunction with the Institute for Chief Academic Officers, with Chief Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officers.

Locations and Costs

​The fall seminar will be held in Louisville, KY, November 5–7, 2021. The closing seminar will be held in Washington, DC, June 16–18, 2022.

The program fee for the 2021–2022 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.

Contact Information

​For questions about the nomination process, selection process, or program logistics, contact Alana Cassidy, director of sponsorships, CIC, at or (202) 466-7230.

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