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 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 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 full dean
in the academy or provide proof of equivalent administrative experience
from the government or the private sector.
Please note that the deadline for applications and nominations was January 31, 2014.
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, 424 individuals have
graduated from MLI. Over a third have advanced significantly in their
careers and 69 graduates have become presidents or chancellors. Some
individuals have entered their second or third presidencies, bringing MLI's
influence to 85 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.