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Professional development opportunity for aspiring chief academic leaders

The Western Academic Leadership Academy (Academy) is a year-long professional development program for academic leaders aspiring to become chief academic officers in the WICHE region’s postsecondary sector. The Academy, sponsored by the Western Academic Leadership Forum and the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, seeks to encourage the talents of the next generation of Western chief academic officers by helping to build the knowledge and skills of academic leaders who are poised to move to that level.

2022 Academy Dates – July 27-29, 2022

About the Program

The Academy’s faculty members share their expertise on the unique roles and responsibilities a provost assumes at a four-year institution and system. They focus specifically on developing practical skills within academic affairs, fiscal affairs, student affairs, and external relationships, with a special sensitivity to the culture and environment of the West’s higher education community.

The summer seminar is followed by opportunities for cohort members to meet with a faculty mentor as well as their cohort colleagues at national meetings or electronically throughout the year for individual consultation about career paths.

Academy Faculty

  • Are sitting campus and system chief academic officers from the Western region
  • Share expertise on the unique roles and responsibilities a chief academic officer assumes at an institution and system office  
  • Specifically focus on developing practical skills within academic affairs, fiscal affairs, student affairs, and external relationships, with a special sensitivity to the culture and environment of the West’s higher education community 

Program Elements

  • Intensive three-day, face-to-face seminar at WICHE’s headquarters in Boulder, CO 
  • Cohort members meet with a faculty mentor as well as their cohort colleagues at national meetings or electronically throughout the year for individual consultation about career paths    

Eligibility

To be considered for participation, candidates:

All nomination materials should be submitted to Kay Hulstrom, associate director of operations and leadership initiatives, khulstrom@wiche.edu.  Candidates are selected by the Academy’s faculty.

Academy Cost: $2,500

Nomination Deadline for the 2022 Cohort: April 7, 2022

The 2022 Cohort will be finalized in mid-late April 2022

Learn more about the current and prior cohorts of the Leadership Academy

For more information, please contact:

Kay Hulstrom

Associate Director of Operations and Leadership Initiatives, Programs and Services


303.541.0294

khulstrom@wiche.edu

Sarah Leibrandt

Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives, Programs and Services


303.541.0221

sleibrandt@wiche.edu

Laura Woodworth-Ney

Academy Program and Mentoring Coordinator