• 2022 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute

    MLI 2022

    The 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 media relations, advancement and fundraising, executive contract negotiation, financial management, 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 2022 MLI program is designed for senior academic and administrative professionals traditionally underrepresented in the highest ranks of higher education seeking to advance to the presidency.

    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.

    April – December 2022

    The 2022 MLI program will be delivered in a blended format beginning in April 2022. This includes monthly virtual learning and networking sessions and a three-day, in-person gathering June 2-5, 2022.

    The program will feature:

    • Monthly two-hour, interactive cohort gatherings held over several months (April, May, August, September, October, November, and December)
    • Three-day, in-person gathering scheduled in Washington, DC. June 2–5, 2022
    • Optional small group reflection and discussion sessions
    • Asynchronous learning modules (pre-reads)
    • Mentoring with current AASCU presidents and chancellors (September 2022- May 2023)
    • Coaching with retired/former AASCU presidents and chancellors (October 2022 – February 2023)

    Participants apply to the MLI program 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 and a coach from an extraordinary group of presidents and chancellors who volunteer to serve as sponsors and advocates, to provide career guidance and assist proteges in the next phases of their careers. 

    • For applicants from AASCU plus MLI or AASCU plus APLU member institutions: $5,000
    • For applicants from AASCU or APLU member institutions: $6,000
    • For applicants from non-member institutions: $7,000

    Registration fee deadline: April 1, 2022.

    The registration fee includes the online program and 3 day Institute, curriculum materials, most meals and the year-long mentoring and coaching component. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation in Washington, D.C.

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

    Please note that limited scholarships will be made available to accepted applicants.

    The Darcy – a pet friendly hotel
    1515 Rhode Island Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    (844) 489-9661

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    Reserve hotel accommodations online by May 11, 2022, to secure the reduced rate for AASCU members. Reservation requests received after May 11 may be available at a higher rate.

    Sleeping Room Options: 1 King bed: $229 plus 14.95% occupancy and local taxes.

    Check-in time is 3:00 pm, and check-out time is 12:00 pm.