Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program

This program is designed to assist presidents and prospective presidents (in separate programs), along with their spouses or partners, to clarify their own sense of personal vocation, and to weigh it in the context of the missions of the institutions they each lead or might lead in the future. Through a series of structured conversations, participants engage in an exploration of the ways in which a greater understanding of the alignment of personal vocation and institutional mission can be a resource for effective presidential leadership. The program, funded by a generous grant by Lilly Endowment Inc., accomodates up to 20 college and university leaders and their spouses in each year-long series, and has been held eight times since 2005.

Read an article on the program in the Spring 2014 Independent.

 Current Status

The current seminar series in 2014–2015 is for prospective presidents. Up to 20 participants and their spouses will be selected for the program.

Selected participants will be notified by March 14, 2014.


The Summer Seminar will be held at the Stoweflake Mountain Hotel on July 13–16, 2014 in Stowe, Vermont. The Winter Seminar will be held February 23–24, 2015 at the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree conference center in Atlanta, Georgia.


For the 2014-2015 program, most expenses, including travel stipends for both the Summer and Winter Seminars, as well as lodging, meals, consultations, and materials during the program, will be covered by CIC for participants and their spouses or partners. There is a one-time registration fee of $400 for the prospective president and $250 for an accompanying spouse or partner due upon acceptance into the program.


Nominators and prospective participants can direct questions to William V. Frame, CIC senior advisor and program director, by email at or to Harold V. Hartley III, CIC senior vice president, by phone at (202) 466-7230 or email at