2018 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute

Friday, June 1, 2018 to Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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

MLI 2017 - coverThe MLI was established to assist individuals 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 over 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 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

Successful applicants will demonstrate the leadership experience necessary to achieve a presidency or chancellorship in higher education or to advance to vice president or provost. In addition to the above experience, candidates must possess a terminal degree or have significant experience as a senior executive. Equivalent experience outside the academy in government or the private sector is acceptable. All candidates must be nominated by a president or chancellor, or by a chief operating officer from a large complex university or organization.

If you would like to be notified when the 2018 application becomes available in early November 2017, please contact Charles Shelton at mli@aascu.org

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, over a third of our graduates have advanced significantly in their careers with 95 graduates being appointed their presidency or chancellorship.  24 graduates have also entered their second or third presidencies, bringing MLI's influence to 119 presidencies or chancellorships. 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

Protégé Registration

  • Registration fee for applicants from AASCU and APLU member institutions - $2,000
    Includes five nights’ hotel accommodations at $269 per night - $1345
    Total Registration - $3350

  • Registration fee for applicants from other institutions - $3,000
    Includes five nights’ hotel accommodations at $269 per night - $1345
    Total Registration - $4350

Fee includes the 4 ½ day Institute, curriculum materials, most meals and the year-long mentoring component. Participants are responsible for their own travel to the event in Washington, D.C.
Participants are required to stay at the hotel chosen in Washington D.C. Please contact Mr. Charles Shelton at sheltonc@aascu.org for details. For a list of AASCU member institutions, visit www.aascu.org/members
MLI Graduates - Institute Refresher Fees (Registration fee for returning protégés)

  • 1/2 day - $125 plus one night’s hotel accommodations at $269 - $400
  • Full-day - $175 plus two nights’ hotel accommodations at $269 per night - $72
  • 2-day - $350 plus three nights’ hotel accommodations at $269 per night - $1,16
  • 3- days - $525 plus four nights’ hotel accommodations at $269 per night - $1,61
  • 4-day conference - $700 plus five nights’ hotel accommodations at $269 per night - $2,050

Complimentary Faculty/Mentor Registration – Faculty members may contact Charles Shelton at sheltonc@aascu.org should you have questions.  

  • One night’s hotel accommodations at $269
  • Two nights’ hotel accommodations at $720
  • Three nights’ hotel accommodations at $1,160
  • Four nights’ hotel accommodations at $1,610
  • Five nights’ hotel accommodations at $2,050

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The Watergate Hotel
2650 Virginia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 838-4477

MLI Registration Contact:
Charles Shelton
Felicia Durham
(202) 478-4673

ELP Registration Contact:
Jennifer Whitson
(202) 478-4646 

Room Rate
$269 group rate
Room rate includes in-room Wi-Fi (standard) and complimentary access to the Fitness Center.  

Airport Travel

Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Taxis from National Airport cost approximately $20-25. It takes 15 minutes to get to the hotel.

Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Taxis from Dulles International Airport cost approximately $60-$65. It takes between 45 minutes to an hour to get to the hotel.

Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI)
Taxis from Baltimore Washington Airport cost approximately $70. It takes between 1 hour and 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the hotel.

Hertz Rental Car

Please check back for more updates on the rental car.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Institute cancellations must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. EST, May 1, 2018 in order to receive a refund minus a $250 administrative processing fee that will be deducted. Cancellations received after May 1, 2018 will incur a $500 administrative processing fee. Cancellations received after May 11, 2018 will forfeit the entire registration fee. Forward a notification of cancellation to mli@aascu.org.


  • Charles SheltonExecutive Assistant to the Director, Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) and Assistant to the Presidentmli@aascu.org(202) 478-4655


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