Emerging Leaders Program

ELP is designed for academic and administrative professionals to gain a greater appreciation of the Academy and build the skillset and mindset to lead campus initiatives and advance to more senior leadership roles. Participants graduate with skills, connections, and support necessary to navigate the transition to higher administrative roles. 

Apply by Feb. 5.
2023 ELP cohort breaks out into group discussions.
2023 ELP cohort breaks out into group discussions.

ELP is designed to prepare the next generation of higher education administrators to be effective leaders; to view every decision through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens; and to further their institutions’ path to equitable student success. 

ELP provides the opportunity for participants to assess their individual leadership style and strengths and to apply the skills learned in the instructional portion of the program to a project/initiative on their home campus over the course of the academic year. 

Gabriela Olivares-Cuhat poses a question to the group.
Gabriela Olivares-Cuhat poses a question to the group.

Who Should Participate

  • Academic and administrative professionals who are exploring opportunities to advance to higher-level administrative positions. 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of the academe and how they relate to each other. 
  • Develop critical skills for managing complex projects and leading institutional change. 
  • Build a strong and supportive network of peers and mentors. 
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by leading an on-campus project or initiative. 
What to Expect
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions integrated throughout 
  • Tailored to the distinctive needs of mid-career academic or administrative professionals exploring leadership roles at state colleges and universities 
  • Opportunity for real-time application and impact of tools and trainings via a campus project  
  • Strong relational component—commitment to create and support trust, encourage peer-to-peer learning, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort 
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of the academe and how they relate to each other.   
  • Develop critical skills for leading transformational institutional change.   
  • Build a strong and supportive network of peers and mentors.   
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by leading an on-campus project or initiative. 
  • Academic affairs
  • Budgeting, finance and administration
  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • Fundraising and alumni relations
  • Managing staff and faculty
  • Navigating the search process
  • National trends in higher education
  • Project management and change management
  • The role of government relations and advocacy
  • Title IX and campus accountability

Participants will lead a project or initiative at their home campuses over the course of the academic year, under the guidance of a designated mentor. The project will have an impact on the campus community and also align with the participant’s professional goals. Examples of university projects include the following:  

  • Chairing or co-chairing a division, university-wide committee, or task force that requires working with multiple constituencies 
  • Managing a project for a division or university strategic initiative 
  • 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 
  • Up to 12 interactive 60-to 120-minute interactive virtual sessions (May and August 2024–December 2024) 
  • An intensive in-person program at AASCU’s Washington, D.C. office (June 24–26, 2024) 
  • In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.
  • Applications that are complete, including a nomination/endorsement from a president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator, and submitted by the deadline will be considered.
  • ELP faculty review applications and select a cohort that reflects the diversity of AASCU institutions.
  • Preference is given to applicants from AASCU member institutions. 
  • A complete application for ELP includes the following: 
    • Nomination or endorsement from the president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator from your home institution 
    • Clear and concise summary of your personal and professional development goals 
    • Description of your campus project and how it supports your professional goals 
    • Commitment to 100% participation 
2024 Registration Fees
  • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $2,000 
  • Participants from non-member institutions: $3,000 
  • The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation in Washington, D.C.
  • Upon acceptance to ELP, participants must register no later than April 26, 2024.
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions.
Cancellation Fees
  • Cancellation requests received on or after May 1, 2024 are NOT eligible for a refund.
  • If you need to cancel after May 1, please email leadershipdevelopment@aascu.org to explore if you are eligible for a deferral to a different iteration of ELP or receive a credit toward a different program.
Is my institution an AASCU member?
Mark Joseph Ramirez chats with an ELP colleague.
Mark Joseph Ramirez chats with an ELP colleague.

ELP connects, equips, and empowers the next generation of higher education leaders.  

ELP has a high impact on the skillsets and mindsets of program participants and the curriculum effectively addresses top-of-mind issues for today’s emerging leaders at AASCU institutions. 

The Numbers



Percentage of 2022 cohort members who reported feeling more connected to colleagues at the end of ELP.

4.6 out of 5

Average rating of content, presentation and speaker quality for all 2022 ELP programming.


Increase in feeling equipped with the knowledge and relationships needed to pursue career goals from the start to the end of the program (2022 cohort). 

The 2023 ELP cohort listens to a faculty presentation.
The 2023 ELP cohort listens to a faculty presentation.
The Stories

The Emerging Leaders Program afforded me the opportunity to not only learn, but engage and network with equity minded leaders. This program is truly intentional with developing methods of success for future leaders. I thoroughly enjoyed and am grateful to be able to have this experience.

Carlitta M. Moore

Arkansas State University Jonesboro
2023 ELP Cohort Member

“ELP is the most comprehensive leadership program to prepare one for opportunities and advancement in higher education. Sessions felt intentionally curated for our cohort and I ended the program with a confidence to advocate for myself and issues I would have otherwise not found. The intensity was perfect for the career level of our cohort and having a peer group and mentors helped keep my campus project alive.”

2022 ELP Cohort Member

Meet the 2023 Cohort
Jacqueline Bishop


(Bruscella) Bishop

Associate Professor

State University of New York College at Oneonta

Mehrdad Aliasgari



Department Chair, Computer Engineering and Computer Science

California State University, Long Beach

Sophie T.


Department Chair and Associate Professor

Fort Hays State University (KS)



Professor & Chair- Fresno State Department of Social Work Education

California State University, Fresno

Jerel Benton



Associate Vice President for Student Success

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Ernest Black



Systemwide Director, CalStateTEACH

California State University

Maneka Deanna Brooks

Maneka Deanna


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Educator Preparation, College of Education

Texas State University

Matthew Cooney



Associate Professor of Education; Director of the Interdisciplinary Leadership Doctoral Program

Governors State University (IL)



Interim Associate Dean for Academic Success

Central Washington University

Evin Deschamps



Assistant Director, Supplemental Instruction

Montclair State University (NJ)

Dorothy Frink



Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Indiana University Northwest

Amy Garrigan

Amy K.


Community Engagement Manager

University of Wisconsin-Parkside



Vice-Chair and Professor

California State University Fullerton

David Herman



Senior Facilities Director, Physical Plant Management

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Justin James

Justin M.


Development Officer; Presidential Leadership Fellow

Pennsylvania Western University

Danvy Le



Associate Professor

California State University, East Bay

Kristy Mardis

Kristy L


Chair Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies

Chicago State University (IL)

Robin Ebert Mays

Robin Ebert


Associate Professor of English, Career Track; Chair of Resident Faculty Organization

Washington State University Tri-Cities

Anneke McEvoy



Associate Director Triandiflou Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Transformative Practice

State University of New York at Oswego

Kevin Meaney



Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Carlitta Moore

Carlitta M.


Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – College of Nursing and Health Professions; Clinical Education Coordinator/Assistant Professor – Master of Athletic Training Program

Arkansas State University Jonesboro

Aisha Moultry

Aisha Morris


Interim Dean of the College of Transdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration

Texas Southern University

Sharon Obasi

Sharon N.


Associate Professor & Director of Research Integrity

University of Nebraska Kearney



Associate Dean of Research and Innovation

University of Northern Iowa

Jodie Parys



Professor of Spanish and Director of Community-based Learning

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Kennybel Pena



Director of Student Support, Advisement and Scholarship

City University of New York, York College

Shelitha Peppers



Assistant Dean

Harris-Stowe State University (MO)

Mark Joseph Ramirez

Mark Joseph


Associate Dean for Research and Outreach

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Neisha D.


Director of Presidential Initiatives

California State University, Stanislaus

Shani Robinson

Shani N.


Associate Dean – College of Business Administration

Sam Houston State University (TX)

Jessie Thoman



Professor of Music

University of Tennessee at Martin

Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs




State University of New York College at Oneonta



Department Chair

State University of New York Cobleskill



Associate Dean – College of Health, Science and Technology

Fayetteville State University (NC)

Patricia A.


Chairperson & Professor

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Our Thought Partners

Apply today to join our 2024 ELP cohort.

Application Details

Application Requirements

  • Academic and administrative emerging leaders who are exploring opportunities to advance to higher-level administrative positions
  • Brief description of the campus project/initiative you will lead under the guidance of a designated mentor
  • Endorsement from a president/chancellor or cabinet-level administrator from your home institution

Important Dates

  • The 2024 program will take place from June 2024 to December 2024
  • The deadline for applications and endorsements is February 5, 2024

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