Executive Leadership Academy

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) prepares visionary higher education leaders to guide their institutions in a multicultural environment. ELA is designed for individuals from all backgrounds interested in advancement to high-level management positions such as dean, vice president, provost, president, and chancellor. It offers an intensive training experience inspired by the need to adapt to an increasingly multicultural and international environment and is guided by a faculty of successful executives and scholars. ELA’s highly interactive curriculum will be most useful to administrators and faculty ready to take the next step in preparing themselves for leadership in today’s rapidly changing academic environment.

 Taught by a select faculty team comprised of over 25 senior- level higher education executives, scholars from throughout the nation, including current and former presidents and current chancellors, the Executive Leadership Academy provides an interactive, focused, and engaging curriculum covering five days of intensive instructional time. The sessions focus on 28 executive leadership skills that are essential to serving as successful higher education administrators, with topics on shifts in higher education and higher education leadership, changing funding sources and expectations, new requisite multicultural competencies, risk management, governing board relations, fundraising, and many more.

 Since ELA was founded in 2011,226 fellows have graduated from the program. Many of them have applied their insights from the Academy to their career development or to benefit their institutions. Previous fellows have lauded the ELA program, citing it as “one of the best academies in the U.S. and perhaps globally.” The fellows of ELA derive from diverse institutions: public and private universities, businesses, non-profits, and other types of institutions. In addition, nearly 10% of our graduated Fellows came from international backgrounds, hailing from countries such as Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Zimbabwe, and many more. The results are exceedingly positive: many ELA graduates have advanced to positions such as deans, provosts, chancellors, and presidents, applauding ELA as a program “on the cutting edge of critical issues facing higher education.” 

Sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education.

Founder and Executive Director: Josefina Castillo Baltodano, J.D.

Supported by the ELA Advisory Board.



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The theme for the Academy is "Leading in a Multicultural and Global Environment," chosen to reflect our age of fundamental and accelerating change in higher education.

Among the major causes are the expanding capabilities of information technology, social media, and broadband communication; the forces of globalization that are erasing the boundaries between nations and institutions; diminished public funding and recognition of higher education as a public benefit to society; and rapid demographic change.

The goal of ELA is to help prepare executive administrators for this new higher education world.