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 candidates.
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.
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
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, 424
individuals have graduated from MLI. Over a third have advanced
significantly in their careers and 66 graduates have become presidents or
chancellors. Some individuals have entered their second or third
presidencies, bringing MLI's influence to 82 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.