Congratulations, ELI Graduates!
Congratulations to the graduates of the League for Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute, held last month at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.
The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) provides the opportunity for potential community college presidents, or those in transition, to analyze their abilities, reflect on their interests, refine their skills, and engage in leadership discussions with an unparalleled faculty of community college leaders. In this longstanding leadership program, aspiring community college presidents spend an intense week engaged in discussions with distinguished community college leaders who explore a wide range of topics designed to provide a solid foundation for addressing issues that challenge presidential success, and who also present personal perspectives on the rewards and costs of being a community college president.
Participants also enhance their interview skills through presidential interview simulations under the guidance of national presidential search consultants, who critique their professional résumés and applications. The recent graduating class joins a network of almost 700 ELI graduates who share resources and insights and support each others' ongoing career development.
Cathy Kemper, Vice President of Learning at Lee College in Texas, chose ELI, “because of its long-standing reputation among community college leaders as a quality experience.” She explained that she “spoke with sitting presidents who had attended ELI as well as other leaders in community college research and practice, and the recommendations for ELI were overwhelmingly positive.”
Kenneth Ray, Vice President of Student Services & Enrollment Management at Florida’s Hillsborough Community College, attended ELI on the recommendation of his college president, who is an ELI alumnus. As Ray explained, his president thought ELI “would be a great learning experience for me as I consider moving in to a college presidency someday…. He is an ELI graduate and understands how ELI would benefit and assist me with moving forward.”
The League’s Executive Leadership Institute is the first and most successful leadership education program of its kind. Forty-three percent of ELI graduates and as many as 70 percent of some graduating classes have accepted presidential appointments.
Ray noted that, “Although the entire experience was valuable, what impressed me the most was the sense of camaraderie shared by the faculty and the participants involved during the week. The faculty were ELI graduates and understood the concerns of the participants. The faculty spoke to those concerns and gave cogent advice about pursuing a presidency as well as beginning and sustaining the position. This was a tremendously worthwhile and great experience.”
Kemper described two aspects of ELI she found “particularly valuable”: “First, the reflective activities were extremely helpful in assessing my readiness and leadership style. These allowed me to see myself from the perspective of a board of trustees. Second, the mock presidential interview gave me invaluable experience. I treasure the support and encouragement from ELI faculty and fellow participants and know that it continues to be available.”
ELI is sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College in cooperation with The University of Texas at Austin and the American Association of Community Colleges. For more information, visit http://www.league.org/eli/index.cfm.
Members of the graduating class include:
Sherry R. Allison, President, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, New Mexico
Shirley A. Armstrong, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Albany Technical College, Georgia
Juan Avalos, Vice President for Student Services, Saddleback College, California
Jack N. Bagwell, Associate Vice President/Interim Vice President of Development, York Technical College, South Carolina
Rodney A. Barker, Dean of Business and Information Systems, Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon
Chad M. Brown, Vice President for Academic Services and Workforce Development, Zane State College, Ohio
Elmer A. Bugg, Dean, Workforce Development and Corporate Relations, Los Angeles Southwest College, California
Melissa D. Denardo, Vice President of Learning and Student Success/Provost, Community College of Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Sandra A. Fowler-Hill, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, Everett Community College, Washington
Michael D. Hay, President–Interim, Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon
Jessica H. Howard, Vice President of Academic Affairs, San Antonio College, Texas
Cathy S. Kemper, Vice President of Learning, Lee College, Texas
Kimberly W. Krull, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Cloud County Community College, Kansas
Trevor A. Kubatzke, Vice President of Student and Educational Services, Delta College, Michigan
Angela Latham, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Triton College, Illinois
Suzanne L. Miles, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for the College and President of the Downtown Campus, Pima Community College, Arizona
Deborah L. Norris, Vice President, Workforce Development & Corporate Services, Sinclair Community College, Ohio
Kenneth Ray, Vice President of Student Services & Enrollment Management. Hillsborough Community College, Florida
Christina Royal, Associate Vice President, eLearning & Innovation, Cuyahoga Community College, Ohio
Birgitte Ryslinge, Dean of Instruction, Portland Community College, Oregon
Craig R. Smith, Vice President of Institutional Development & Research, Fort Peck Community College, Montana
Joianne L. Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs, Oakton Community College, Illinois
Vernon C. Smith, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Rio Salado College, Arizona
Robert Spohr, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montcalm Community College, Michigan
Denise Swett, Acting Vice President, Student Development & Instruction and Associate Vice President, Middlefield & Community Programs, Foothill College, California
Matthew D. Thompson, Executive Dean of Student Services & Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Southwestern Community College, Iowa