The Players

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.

Applications for ELI 2017 will be accepted March 15 - August 30, 2017. 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

"I came to ELI in search of something and I found it! Experienced community college leaders with integrity, humility, and a sincere desire to serve shared their philosophy, experiences, and reflections with us. ELI is a must for anyone considering serving as a community college president."

Colleen Smith, District Senior Vice President, Collin College, ELI Class of 2015