Emerging Leaders Institute

The New American Colleges and Universities is committed to ensuring academics and administrators have the knowledge and skillset to successfully serve in leadership roles at their institutions.

NACU’s Emerging Leaders Institute is a multi-module, interactive learning series for faculty and staff at NACU campuses who are currently in or plan to move into leadership positions. A “leadership position” is defined, commonly, as leading others: e.g. managers, directors, assistant/associate vice presidents, department chairs, or assistant/associate vice provosts. However, a leadership position also includes leading committees, initiatives, special task force, et al. The learning will focus less on leadership theory and more so on leadership practice, including using models and frameworks that can be applied right away.

In addition to developing knowledge and skills in the valuable content areas outlined below, the institute will introduce participants to a network of colleagues at NACU campuses to lean on for strategic counsel now and in the future.

The program content is applicable and relevant for attendees from different functional areas (e.g. academics, student affairs, finance, enrollment, advancement).

Institute attendees will learn about and discuss critical leadership and management skills needed for success in career advancement, increase their understanding of higher education finance, and broaden their perspectives on administration at NACU campuses.

All modules will be virtual in the pilot year. The cost for all five modules of the Emerging Leaders Institute is $500. Modules cannot be unbundled. Registration for the 2022 Emerging Leaders Institute is full. The registration deadline is January 7, 2022. Please register soon as capacity is limited.


Modules 1-3: The Role of Leadership: Essential Mindsets and Skillsets

Facilitator: Center for Creative Leadership

Session Dates:

Friday, January 28, 2022, 12 – 2 pm ET

Friday, February 4, 2022, 12 – 4 pm ET

Friday, February 11, 2022, 12 – 4 pm ET

Attendees will:

  • Learn the key components of the Direction-Alignment-Commitment (DAC) framework of leadership and begin to understand how to utilize DAC to achieve collective outcomes.
  • Explore the Player/Manager/Coach/Leader model and the mindsets and skillsets essential for the various roles.
  • Learn and practice a model for receiving and giving effective feedback for both personal growth and managing others’ performance.
  • Discover and practice specific skills to enhance their ability to listen to understand.
  • Understand and practice the Assessment-Challenge-Support model and associated tools for developing others.
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of influence and of the strengths and weaknesses of their personal influence style.

Prior to the first module, you will be sent a link to complete the Influence Style Indicator (ISI) assessment. The ISI will help you develop leadership effectiveness and gain alignment and commitment from the people around you by Increasing awareness of your influencing style, understanding the situations the style works best in and when it may prove ineffective, and knowing how to build style flexibility to respond to a full range of situations. Prior to the first module, you will be sent a link to complete the Influence Style Indicator (ISI) assessment. This assessment takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Module 4: Understanding Finances and Budgeting in Higher Ed

Facilitator: Jim Hundrieser, NACUBO

Session Date:

Friday, March 25, 2022, 12 – 1:15 pm ET

Attendees will:

  • Understand the business model for higher education.
  • Learn about a return-on-investment mindset.
  • Explore how to build strategic programs and department budgets.

Module 5: Candid Conversations with NACU Leaders

Facilitators: Senior Leaders from NACU Campuses

Session Date:

Friday, June 3, 2022, 12 – 1:15 pm ET

A panel of current NACU leaders, including presidents, provosts, student affairs leaders, and chief financial officers, will discuss their career paths and share what they wished they’d known when they moved into administrative roles. Further, they will share perspectives on working effectively across functional areas in higher education. There will be ample time for the Q & A portion of the session.


The cost for all five modules of the Emerging Leaders Institute is $500.

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 7, 2022

Registration for the 2022 Emerging Leaders Institute is full.

Cancellation Policy: Cancel by January 7, 2022, to receive a refund. You may also transfer your registration to another person on your campus but must do so by January 7 to allow for enough time to complete the ISI assessment prior to the first module.