APCU Leadership Development Institute

We are pleased to announce the launch of the APCU Leadership Development Institute. This inaugural program will focus on cabinet members at current APCU institutions who aspire to lead a college or university.

The Institute has been made possible through a $50,000 grant from a Presbyterian-friendly charity that wishes to remain anonymous. The funding will allow aspiring leaders at APCU member institutions to participate at no cost other than transportation to and from two in-person components that will take place at Agnes Scott College near Atlanta.

The Institute will provide an opportunity for cabinet members to evaluate their individual skills, gifts, and calling against the leadership needs of a rapidly evolving higher education landscape while also exploring of the role of faith-based leadership in the Presbyterian context. Our hope is to expand our funding for the Institute in future years and add complementary tracks for middle managers and faculty leaders.

To design and facilitate the APCU Leadership Development Institute, the APCU has teamed-up with one of our Strategic Partners, Credo.  As you probably know, Credo is a nationally-recognized higher education consulting firm dedicated to institutional thriving and developing effective leaders, while keeping students always at the center.  They currently work with about half of our APCU member institutions.

The Institute consists of the following components:

Ghandi reminded us that we should “learn as if you were to live forever.” My take on his wisdom is that college administrators should embrace the notion that they are always in the process of learning—forever becoming the best, most able leaders they can be.

John Roush
President Emeritus,
Centre College

November 29 – December 1, 2022: An opening workshop that will assess individual leadership styles & growth opportunities, examine external trends and threats to church-related higher education, explore traits of thriving Presbyterian institutions, and address demands on higher education leaders. Individual leadership roadmaps will be developed and discussed through a peer workshop format.

December, January, February: Monthly topical webinars that will provide insight into topics such as the presidential search process, how the values of the Reformed Tradition impact higher education, and how to critically assess various institutional governance models.

March 14 – 16, 2023: A concluding summit to discuss and evaluate individual roadmap progress, define next steps for ongoing leadership development, and celebrate the completion of the cohort experience with peers!

You are invited to use the form below to nominate a member of your cabinet for participation in the APCU Leadership Development Institute. Nominations will be reviewed by the executive director of the APCU and two senior advisors: Paul Baldasare, retired president of St. Andrews University, and John Roush, President Emeritus of Centre College. If the Institute is not able to accommodate all nominees in the inaugural cohort, you will have the option to roll the nomination over to next year’s institute.

Nomination Form

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