2017 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute

Saturday, June 3, 2017 to Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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 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

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 2017 application becomes available in early November 2016, please contact Cai Owens.

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 92 graduates being appointed their presidency or chancellorship.  21 graduates have also entered their second or third presidencies, bringing MLI's influence to 113 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

Registration fee for applicants from AASCU and APLU member institutions - $2,000
Registration fee for applicants from other institutions - $3,000

Fee includes the four-day Institute, curriculum materials, most meals and the year-long mentoring component. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging at the Westin Georgetown.

Participants are required to stay at the Westin Georgetown.

For a list of AASCU member institutions, visit www.aascu.org/members

Institute Refresher Fees (Registration fee for returning protégés)

1/2 day - $125
Full Day - $175
2 days - $350
3 days - $525
4 day conference - $700 

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Westin Georgetown
2350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

The Institute begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 and ends after the closing banquet on the evening of Tuesday, June 6. As such, attendees should arrive at the Westin on Friday, June 2 and depart on Wednesday, June 7. Accommodations at the Westin are required for all participants.

Guests may reserve accommodations online at: 2017 AASCU Millennium Leadership Initiative (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser) https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1606308402&key=147BACBC
When calling The Westin Georgetown, mention that you are with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU’s Millennium Leadership Initiative) to be assured of the $249 group rate per night plus applicable taxes currently 14.5%.  To obtain this rate, please book your room by Friday, May 11, 2016.  Room reservations after May 11 will be on a space available basis and may be at a higher rate. Reservations must be canceled three days prior to scheduled arrival to avoid a penalty of one night’s room charge and tax.  (Before canceling, please call Danita Young at AASCU, (202) 478-4677, so another guest can be accommodated if there is a waiting list.)

Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at Noon.

Room Rates

$249 plus tax

Participants are financially responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Hotel Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations will be accepted two (2) days prior to arrival to avoid penalty. Any cancellation that occurs within two (2) days will be charged one (1) night's room $259 plus tax. Early departures will be charged a $75 fee. 

Cancellation fees may be waived if changes were the result of a family emergency.  

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

Call Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at 1-800-654-2240 and use the Hertz CV#011B0081 when making reservations. Discounted rates are from May 28 through June 13, 2017, subject to car availability. Reservations can also be made online using www.hertz.com.  Rates available from National, Dulles and Baltimore Airports and all Washington area locations.

At the time of reservation, meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and the best rate will apply.

Meeting rates include unlimited mileage and are subject to availability. Advance reservations are recommended, blackout dates may apply. Government surcharges, taxes, tax reimbursement, airport related fees, vehicle licensing fees and optional items, such as refueling or additional driver fees, are extra. Minimum rental age is 20 (age differential charge for 20-24 applies).  Standard rental conditions and qualifications apply.  Vehicles must be returned to the renting location.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Institute cancellations must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. EST, May 2, 2017 in order to receive a refund minus a $250 administrative processing fee that will be deducted. Cancellations received after May  2, 2017 will incur a $500 administrative processing fee. Cancellations received after May 9, 2017 will forfeit the entire registration fee. Forward a notification of cancellation to mli@aascu.org.



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