Applicants to ELI are expected to serve in senior leadership positions in community colleges and to be qualified for a presidency
by their educational and experiential backgrounds.
The typical applicant will hold an advanced degree and will have three or more years of experience as a senior-level administrator
in a community college, usually reporting to the CEO at the campus or district level. ELI is designed primarily for those who have not yet served
in a presidency. However, new community college CEOs and those contemplating a transition will also find ELI extremely valuable. Participants are
selected from qualified applicants by a national review committee of established presidents.
The Executive Leadership Institute is an intensive, five-day experience, with session formats varying by topic and purpose.
Participants should expect to immerse themselves in the seminar from Sunday morning through Thursday night. In order to gain the largest advantage
from the program, it is recommended that participants not attempt to fulfill their job responsibilities during the institute week. Family members
are not encouraged to attend.
Application Deadline has been extended to
All qualified applicants are urged to apply. Participants do not need to be
employed at League Alliance Member institutions. International applications are welcome. The review panel does not discriminate on the basis of
race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political affiliation, disability,
or any other factor protected by law.
“The institute has energized me to reflect on my current position, to better assess next steps in my career pathway, and added clarity about whether a presidency is right for me. I truly valued and appreciated the discussions and feedback from a diverse group of colleagues and faculty. This was a great opportunity.”
Timothy J. Price, Deputy to the Senior Vice Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Class of 2007
“For me, leadership is all about being in good relationships, with self and with those you serve. I’ve also come to understand that being a president is not a job but a way of life. ELI provided the opportunity to consider the impact of this role on my life and my work. I’m appreciative of the collegial connections I developed during ELI and the continued support I can count on from the faculty.”
Cheryl Roberts, President and CEO, Chemeketa Community College, ELI Class of 2006
“ELI was intense, engaging, exhilarating, exhausting, energizing, inspirational, and realistic. The program offered well-structured curriculum from some of the most notable community college leaders in the country and gave participants the opportunity to develop a lifelong network of professional colleagues—and friends—who understand the journey like none other. ELI was a life-changing experience because it gave me the courage to take the leap. I would recommend it to anyone with presidential aspirations.”
Linda Lujan, President, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, ELI Class of 2008