This new ACE program is focused on attracting mid-level administrators from diverse backgrounds to increase diversity in the senior-level leadership ranks in higher education. The need for this purposeful programming is evidenced by their underrepresentation in senior leadership roles in higher education.
This 2-day program is for mid-level administrators (typically department chairs, directors, and assistant/associate deans) with high potential for advancement in higher education administration.
The Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program will provide participants with the opportunity to assess their current competencies and receive advice on creating a professional development plan and enhance their leadership skills in critical areas to enhance their career trajectory. The interactive program provides mid-level leaders with the opportunity to:
- Hone leadership skills in critical areas such as fundraising, risk management, crisis response, working with the media and shared governance and accountability
- Strategic career mapping
- Gain a better understanding of the inherent rewards and challenges of senior-level administrative positions, including the college or university presidency through exposure to outstanding leaders across higher education institutional types
- Networking with leaders across the nation in support of diversifying the pipeline to senior leadership in higher education
- Faculty includes presidents, senior leaders and participants from the Spectrum Executive Leadership Program