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About the Higher Education Leadership Program

About the Program

  • Customized leadership coaching for new presidents, chancellors, provosts
  • Support successful transition and on-boarding
  • Offer experienced advisory on relevant leadership and critical topics
  • Monthly one-on-one sessions via video conferencing to discuss specific topics, progress and challenges.
  • On-call support is available throughout the term should a need for crisis management arise
  • Campus Visits with an initial visit to assess and identify areas for targeted support and a mid-year visit for to evaluate current status and address ongoing areas of need or interest
  • Ten-month program with option to extend
  • Sponsored by the Postsecondary Education Research Center at the University of Tennessee


Topics Include:

  • Building an Effective Leadership Team:  Establishing an Optimal Organizational Structure and Finding the Right People for the Right Positions
  • Evaluation and Assessment of the University’s Culture, Traditions, and Current Campus Issues
  • Building a Community with a Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Strategic Planning and Establishing a University’s Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Shared Governance:  The Delicate Balance of Power Between the Governing Board, Executive   Leadership, and Faculty
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Financial Management and Confronting Financial Challenges
  • Fundraising and Development: How to Raise Funds in a Post-Covid Environment
  • Critical Operations of Admissions and Enrollment
  • The Role of the Athletics Program
  • Communication and Managing Social Media
  • Navigating Controversy and Managing Crisis
  • Understanding Legal Issues Facing Higher Education Today
  • Considering New Models for Higher Education Delivery