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.
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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. Historically 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
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, 390 individuals have graduated from MLI. Over a third have advanced
significantly in their careers and 59 graduates have become presidents or chancellors. Some individuals have entered their second
presidencies, bringing MLI's influence to 74 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.