National and Regional Leadership Development Programs

This directory includes descriptions of development programs specifically designed for college and university leaders at all levels, including faculty. 

(New) The American Council on Education (ACE) is pleased to announce the newly launched Spectrum Executive Leadership Program, designed to prepare those from underrepresented groups to be strong candidates for presidencies and chancellorships in the near term.

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

About

Founded in 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has, over four decades, become the leading proponent and the national "voice for community colleges."Governed by a 32-member board of directors elected by the membership, AACC is a nonprofit organization whose overriding mission is to "Build a Nation of Learners by Advancing America's Community Colleges."

Programs Offered

The AACC Leadership Suite includes these programs:

  • John E. Rouche Future Leaders Institute (for emerging leaders)
  • Future Presidents Institute
  • Thriving in the Community College (for new presidents)
  • Summer development sessions for current presidents
  • Webinars in the areas of General Leadership and Trends & Issues

American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

About AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.
Programs Offered The purpose of the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) is to prepare, enhance and advance the prospect for qualified candidates, who have progressed in their professional careers, to compete successfully, for positions of president or chancellor at universities or colleges, public or private.

American Council on Education (ACE)

About

ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association,  representing the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities.

Programs Offered


Development programs are sorted into four groups:
  • The Executive Leadership Group includes Advancing to the Presidency as well as institutes for new Chief Academic Officers and new presidents, and ongoing development offerings in those areas. 
  • The Emerging Leaders Group offers a Fellows Program for up and coming leaders and a Leadership Academy for Department Chairs.
  • The Inclusive Excellence Group includes the newly launched Spectrum Executive Leadership Program to increase the diversity of senior leadership in U.S. higher education as well as National and Regional Womens' Leadership Forums.
  • The Institutional Leadership Group offers a variety of topical seminars and programs.

Bush Foundation

About

The mission of the Bush Foundation is to be a catalyst for the courageous leadership necessary to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems and ensure community vitality.

Programs Offered

The Bush Leadership Fellows Program seeks accomplished, motivated individuals who are eager to prepare themselves for greater leadership responsibilities within their communities and professions. 

University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences

About

The School of Leadership and Education Science is part of the University of San Diego, which offers a wide variety of leadership programs for professional education. 

Programs Offered

The Community College Leadership Academy’s purpose is twofold: 1) to provide community college leaders with the tools and education to meet these challenges and 2) to provide exposure and foundational training to individuals who are interested in pursuing opportunities in community college leadership.

Harvard Institutes for Higher Education

About

For over 30 years, the Harvard Graduate School of Education has offered professional education programs for educational leaders. They are committed to offering programs that make a difference in the lives of students, in the work of institutions and in the practice of educators.

Programs Offered

A variety of development programs are offered based upon role: Dean, Department Head, Director, Vice President, and President.  Topics include:  

  • Institute for Management & Leadership in Education
  • Seminars for new and experienced presidents
  • Programming for emerging leaders. 

Higher Education Resource Service (HERS)

About

HERS Institutes provide an intensive 12-day curriculum that prepares women faculty and administrators for institutional leadership roles.

Programs Offered

Two residential programs are offered during the summer as well as a developmental weekend program that spans an academic year. 

League for Innovation in the Community College

About

The League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. They host conferences and institutes, develop Web resources, conduct research, produce publications, provide services, and lead projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in continuing efforts to make a positive difference for students and communities.

Programs Offered

Each year, the League coordinates four national events of interest to anyone associated with community colleges: 

  • Executive Leadership Institute program 
  • STEMtech conference 
  • Innovations conference 
  • Learning College Summit