• Mentor Component

    The Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute prepares the next generation of executive leaders in higher education. There are two components to the Institute. The first is an intensive four-day program of lectures and pertinent sessions that informs and advises the protégés about executive leadership at colleges and universities. Upon completion of the Institute, each protégé is assigned to a current or former president or chancellor as a mentor.

    This mentoring component is the centerpiece of the MLI program. It is comprised of a yearlong protégé-mentor-relationship with a president of chancellor. There are frequent face-to-face meetings, personal consultation, evaluation of career options, and development of strategies for achieving the protégés career objectives. During this experience the protégés remain in their current position with their home institution.

    Mentors will:

    1. Invite protégés for a campus visit to “shadow the president or chancellor,” including meetings with senior staff and key external community leaders;
    2. Provide protégés counsel and assistance to identify career development and leadership opportunities in higher education;
    3. Serve as a liaison to connect protégés to other pertinent individuals and resources as needed; Assist protégés to advance their leadership role in higher education;
    4. Assist protégés to refine and implement a professional development plan for their career;
    5. Provide an evaluation of the yearlong experience; and
    6. Notify the Director of the MLI, in a timely manner, of any problems or difficulties.

    • Dr. Mary Evans Sias
      Director of Millennium Leadership Initiative and Assistant to the AASCU President
    • Cai Owens
      Program Manager, Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI)
      (202) 478-4655

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