Western Academic Leadership Forum

Western Academic Leadership Academy


2019 Academy Cohort and Faculty

The Western Academic Leadership Academy, launched in 2015, is a year-long professional development program for academic leaders aspiring to become chief academic officers in the WICHE region’s postsecondary four-year sector. The Academy, sponsored by the Western Academic Leadership Forum (Forum), seeks to encourage the talents of the next generation of western provosts by helping to build the knowledge and skills of academic leaders who are poised to move to that level.

The Academy was one of the most worthwhile professional conferences I have attended in my lengthy academic career: I found the information shared incredibly helpful and returned to my campus inspired and eager to share the knowledge I gained through the Academy.

- Ilse-Mari Lee, Montana State University

Academy’s Program

The Academy’s faculty, consisting of the region's sitting campus provosts and system chief academic officers, shares its expertise on the unique roles and responsibilities a provost assumes at a four-year institution and system. The faculty focuses 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 cohort begins the program with an intensive three-day face-to-face seminar at WICHE’s headquarters in Boulder, CO. This summer event 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. The Academy’s program culminates in a session at the Western Academic Leadership Forum annual meeting the following spring.


To be considered for participation, academic leaders must hold a position of dean or higher at one of the Forum member institutions or organizations and be nominated by their respective official representatives participating in the Western Academic Leadership Forum. Official representatives submit a letter of nomination while candidates submit a letter of interest and their CV. All nomination materials should be submitted to Pat Shea, Director of Academic Leadership Initiatives, pshea@wiche.edu. Candidates are selected by the Academy's faculty.

Nomination Deadline for the 2020 Cohort: February 15, 2020

For more information, contact Anna Galas, Director of Academic Leadership Initiatives, agalas@wiche.edu.

The Academy provided dedicated time and an ideal format for learning. Panel presentations offered a rich diversity of perspectives from seasoned administrators and panels were strategically paired with breakout sessions that allowed for meaningful exploration of solutions to participants' case studies.  A winning combination!

- Jody Hironaka-Juteau, California State University, Fresno