Executive Leadership Academy

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) is a year-long program cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) to prepare experienced provosts and vice presidents to become successful presidents. It includes two national seminars, readings, webinars, individualized experiential activities, and structured mentorship experiences. 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 the president.

View the program results to date.

Read an article on the academy in the Independent.


 Current Status for 2016–2017

Approximately 40 cabinet officers, drawn from all divisions of the institution, were selected for the 2016–2017 program. Participants attended the first seminar, which took place July 11–13, 2016, in Washington, DC. The closing seminar will be held June 19–21, 2017, in Washington, DC.

 Nomination Information

Approximately 40 cabinet officers, drawn from all divisions of the institution, will be selected for the 2017–2018 program—half from Council of Independent Colleges member institutions and half from American Association of State Colleges and Universities institutions. Eligibility is open to individuals who are currently serving in cabinet-level positions.
To submit a nomination, please refer to the brochure and online nomination form.
The nomination packet is due by Friday, January 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST. Selection of participants will be announced by Friday, February 10, 2017.


Two seminars will be held in Washington, DC, led by current and former presidents and chancellors as well as experts in various areas of presidential responsibility, on July 20–22, 2017, and June 18–20, 2018.


The program fee for the 2017–2018 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. Support to offset some of these costs is available to a small number of participants at institutions with limited funding for professional development.



For questions about the nomination, selection process, or program logistics, contact David Brailow, vice president for development, CIC, at dbrailow@cic.nche.edu or (202) 466-7230.

For questions about program content, contact Tom Kepple, president, AALI, at kepplet@americanali.org or (202) 263-7488.