Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute

Saturday, June 8, 2013 to Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) is to prepare, enhance and advance the prospect for qualified candidates, who have progressed in their professional careers, to compete successfully, for positions of president or chancellor at universities or colleges, public or private.

About the Conference

The MLI was established to assist individuals (largely African Americans, other minorities and women) who derived from groups seriously underrepresented at these exclusive leadership levels. Due to rapidly shifting demographics in higher education, there was a clear need to bring the diversity within this critical leadership level, into correspondence with the changing diversity of the student population within the nation. As a consequence of a decade of success in meeting this challenge, the MLI continues to maintain its historical preferences while accepting any qualified candidates.

The MLI Institute attracts a prestigious faculty of presidents and chancellors and experts in the media relations, advancement and fundraising, executive contract negotiation, financial management, accreditation and the executive search process. Protégés experience both theoretical learning as well as practical, hands-on training through media interviews, visits with representatives on Capitol Hill and close interactions with presidents and chancellors. 

Protégé Selection Process

Applicants must be nominated by a president, chancellor or a chief executive officer from education, government, or the private sector. Qualified applicants must possess a terminal degree and must have reached the administrative level of dean in the academy or provide proof of equivalent administrative experience from the government or the private sector. 

The MLI Experience

The MLI experience allows participants to determine if the presidency is a realistic goal and affords them the opportunity to develop skills, gain a philosophical overview and build the network to compete for, and attain, the position of college or university president or chancellor. MLI reinforces the vital role that diversity plays in the institutional mission and helps diversify the executive team on campuses.

Participants apply to the Institute and are admitted through a rigorous selection process administered by a selection committee composed exclusively of presidents and chancellors. At the MLI Institute, presidential faculty and other experts offer insights into leadership issues and provide skills training.  Presidents critique participants’ professional development plans and advise them in career counseling sessions.  After the Institute, graduates are assigned a mentor from an extraordinary group of presidents and chancellors who volunteer to serve as sponsors and advocates, to provide career guidance and assist graduates in the next phases of their careers.


MLI is the premier leadership development program to prepare presidents and chancellors and diversify senior leadership at state colleges and universities. Since the first MLI Class of 1999, 424 individuals have graduated from MLI. Over a third have advanced significantly in their careers and 66 graduates have become presidents or chancellors. Some individuals have entered their second or third presidencies, bringing MLI's influence to 82 presidencies. However, success is not measured in presidencies alone. Career advancements go well beyond those graduates who achieve their first presidency. The MLI Institute provides a broader pool of diverse, qualified candidates who can compete for senior executive level positions of the nations higher education academy and the value of MLI's influence in building a diverse senior leadership team on campuses is nationally recognized.     

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      Protégé Registration Fees

Registration fee for applicants from AASCU and APLU member institutions - $1,600
Registration fee for applicants from other institutions - $2,600

Protégé Online Registration

Fee includes four-day Institute, curriculum materials, most meals and the year-long mentoring component. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging at the Institute hotel. Participants are required to stay at the Sofitel Lafayette Square.

For a list of AASCU member institutions, visit

Institute Refresher Fees (Registration fee for returning protégés)

1/2 day - $125
Full Day - $175
2 days - $350
3 days - $525
4 day conference - $700  

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Sofitel Lafayette Square
806 15th Street
Washington D.C., DC 20005-1101
(202) 730-8800

The hotel is located in downtown Washington, D.C. and blocks from the AASCU office and conveniently located within walking distance of the White House and minutes from the Washington Reagan National Airport.

Hotel accommodations for the 2013 Millennium Leadership Institute can be booked directly with the hotel by calling (202) 730-8800 or (800) 445-8667 and refer to the group rate "American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) or MLI.

The Institute begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 and ends at the closing banquet on the evening of Tuesday, June 11. As such, attendees should arrive at the Sofitel on Friday, June 7 and depart on Wednesday, June 12. Accommodations at the Sofitel are required for all participants.

Room Rates

The special conference rate is $259 (single/double) plus 14.5% tax (current tax rate may change). To obtain the group rate, participants must call the hotel by Monday, May 6. Participants are encouraged to make hotel reservations as soon as possible. 

Participants are financially responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Hotel Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations will be accepted two (2) days prior to arrival to avoid penalty. Any cancellation that occurs within two (2) days will be charged one (1) night's room $259 plus tax. Early departures will be charged a $75 fee. 

Cancellation fees may be waived if changes were the result of a family emergency. 

Car Rental

For rental car reservations, call the Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at  (800) 654-2240  or visit the site at and provide Hertz code CV#011B0076. See rate sheet (pdf). 


Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Institute cancellations must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. EST, May 1, 2013 in order to receive a refund minus a $250 administrative processing fee that will be deducted. Cancellations received after May 1, 2013 will incur a $500 administrative processing fee. Cancellations received after May 8, 2013 will forfeit the entire registration fee. Forward a notification of cancellation to Adrienne Vincent at or fax to (202) 478-1511.



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