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    The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed for early to mid-career professionals and faculty leaders who have an interest in and talent for higher education leadership. Therefore, the goal of ELP is to provide participants with an understanding of the various aspects of the academy and how they relate with each other. The first portion of the program, a 3½-day seminar, offers participants the opportunity to explore many facets of the academy; to engage in a national dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education; and to develop a network of colleagues from around the country. The program also includes completing a leadership self-assessment, development of a plan designed to help participants achieve their leadership goals and creation of an action plan to complete a project/initiative at their home campuses during the following academic year. The second portion is completing the project/initiative. 

    For more information about the program and how to apply, please read the information below.

    Eligible Participants and Nomination Process

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    The program is limited to 25 early to mid-career staff professional and faculty leaders who have shown leadership potential and desire to advance to mid-level administrative positions. The university’s president/chancellor or another cabinet-level administrator must nominate participants.   

    It is important that attendees utilize the knowledge obtained at ELP when they return to their campus. To that end, we ask the nominator to plan with the nominee a future project/initiative that will provide the attendee an opportunity to expand his or her leadership skills. 

    All applications must to include a one-page description of a university project. Examples of university projects include the following:

    • Chairing or co-chairing an important division or university-wide committee or task force that requires working with multiple constituencies,

    • Managing a project for a division or university strategic initiative, or

    • Conducting a research project that investigates an important challenge the university faces and provides an opportunity for the participant to influence campus decision-makers using data.


    Nominating a candidate for ELP also includes the responsibility to mentor or designate a mentor for the participant and to provide guidance and advice on the project, initiative or assignment.

    Nomination packages should be uploaded in the applicant's online submission or forwarded to AASCU at leadershipdevelopment@aascu.org attention ELP by Friday, April 5, 2019. The nomination package should contain the following:

    • A nomination letter by the university’s president/chancellor or other cabinet-level member stating the nominees qualifications for the program, leadership strengths and areas for improvement, the potential for advancement, and the possible career opportunities. 
    • A description of the nominees project/initiative that has been planned by the nominee and nominator. It should include the significance of the project to the university, what professional development opportunities the nominee would receive by accomplishing the project/initiative, and who will be the mentor that will work with the nominee to accomplish the project/initiative. 


    For more information, contact: 

    Dr. Kenneth Dobbins
    Emerging Leadership Program Coordinator
    President Emeritus   
    Southeast Missouri State University
    (573) 450-9204


    Susannah Rodrigue
    Meetings Coordinator    
    (202) 478.4675


    The Emerging Leaders Program begins with a 7:15 a.m. breakfast on Saturday, June 1 and ends at noon on Tuesday, June 4. Participants are expected to participate in all sessions and to attend all group meals. A detailed schedule will be mailed upon acceptance. 

    Following completion of the seminar, participants must commit to semi-annual check-ins with the Emerging Leadership Program Coordinator and nominating mentor regarding the status of the assigned project/initiative.


    ELP has convened an impressive faculty of current and former presidents and chancellors and content experts. Kenneth Dobbins, President Emeritus, Southeast Missouri State University, acts as coordinator of the Emerging Leaders Program.

    Registration Information and Fees

    Note: Selected participants will be notified the first week of April of their acceptance and will receive instructions on how to complete the registration.

    Register online here 

    Registration Fees

    • AASCU member institutions - $1050 
    • Non-AASCU member institutions - $1350

      The registration fee includes all program costs, materials, and all-but-one meal during the 31/2 day program. Participants are responsible for paying their own hotel accommodations and travel costs.  

    Hotel Accommodations

    Park Hyatt Washington D.C.
    1201 24th St. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20037
    Phone: (202) 789-1234

    Faculty should contact Susannah Rodrigue at (202) 478.4675 or rodrigues@aascu.org to book and confirm their hotel accommodations.

    NOTE: Once applicants are notified of their acceptance, they will receive an email with instructions how to reserve hotel accommodations that must be confirmed no later than May 8th.
    After that date, rooms may no longer be available at the group rate of $269, plus DC tax. Accommodations at Park Hyatt are required for all participants. Please contact  Susannah Rodrigue at (202) 478-4675 with any questions.

    Located in the heart of America, the Park Hyatt  is a short 10-minute walk from Georgetown shops and restaurants. A variety of popular D.C. landmarks and cultural attractions are also easily accessible, including the Phillips Collection and Georgetown waterfront, which are nearby

    Attendees should arrive at the Park Hyatt by Friday evening on May 31 and depart on June 4. Check-in at the hotel is at 4 p.m. and checkout is at noon.   


    Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)  - 6 miles
    Dulles International Airport (IAD) - 27 miles
    Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) - 37 miles

    Many companies provide taxicab service at all area airports.

    Additional Transportation

    The nearest metro station to Park Hyatt Washington D.C. is Foggy Bottom / George Washington University Station, located on the corner of 23rd and I (Eye) Streets, NW. This station is located along the Orange and Blue lines, and is .4 mile walk from the Park Hyatt.

    The hotel is also located near the Dupont Circle Station, the south entrance is located on the corner of Connecticut Ave. & 19th St., NW. This station is located along the Red line, and is a .6 mile walk from the Park Hyatt.

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