Senior Leadership Academy

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) are pleased to announce the 2016–2017 Senior Leadership Academy (SLA), a year-long 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.

View the program results to date.

Read an article on the academy in the Independent.

 Current Status for 2015–2016

Twenty-eight participants from independent colleges and universities have been selected to participate in the program. The fall seminar will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, November 6–8, 2015. The closing seminar will be held in Washington, DC, June 23–25, 2016.

To learn more about the program, download the 2015–2016 Senior Leadership Academy brochure.

 Current Status for 2016–2017

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 19, 2016.


The fall seminar will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 4–6, 2016. The closing seminar will be held in Washington, DC, June 22–24, 2017.



The program fee for the 2016–2017 academic year is $1,910. 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 also 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 unusually limited funding for professional development.



For questions about the nomination, selection process, or program logistics, contact Barbara Hetrick, senior vice president, CIC, at or (202) 466-7230.

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