The Emerging Leaders Program

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 to Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Washington, D.C.

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed for early to mid-career professionals and faculty leaders who have an interest in and talent for higher education leadership. Therefore, the goal of ELP is to provide participants with an understanding of the various aspects of the academy and how they relate with each other. The first portion of the program, a 3½-day seminar, offers participants the opportunity to explore many facets of the academy; to engage in a national dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education; and to develop a network of colleagues from around the country. The program also includes completing a leadership self-assessment, development of a plan designed to help participants achieve their leadership goals and creation of an action plan to complete a project/initiative at their home campuses during the following academic year. The second portion is completing the project/initiative.

About the Conference

For more information about the program and how to apply, please read the information below.

Eligible Participants and Nomination Process

Click here to submit an application

The program is limited to 25 early to mid-career staff professional and faculty leaders who have shown leadership potential and desire to advance to mid-level administrative positions. The university’s president/chancellor or another cabinet-level administrator must nominate participants.   

It is important that attendees utilize the knowledge obtained at ELP when they return to their campus. To that end, we ask the nominator plan with the nominee a future project/initiative that will provide the attendee an opportunity to expand his or her leadership skills. 

All applications must to include a one-page description of a university project. Examples of university projects include the following:

  • Chairing or co-chairing an important division or university-wide committee or task force that requires working with multiple constituencies,
  • Managing a project for a division or university strategic initiative, or
  • Conducting a research project that investigates an important challenge the university faces and provides an opportunity for the participant to influence campus decision-makers using data.


Nominating a candidate for ELP also includes the responsibility to mentor or designate a mentor for the participant and to provide guidance and advice on the project, initiative or assignment.
Nomination packages should be uploaded to the nominee's online applications or forwarded to AASCU at attention ELP by Friday, April 5, 2019. The nomination package should contain the following:

  1. A nomination letter by the university’s president/chancellor or other cabinet-level member stating the nominee’s qualifications for the program, leadership strengths and areas for improvement, the potential for advancement, and the probable career opportunities.
  2. A description of the nominee’s project/initiative that has been planned by the nominee and nominator. It should include the significance of the project to the university, what professional development opportunities the nominee would receive by accomplishing the project/initiative, and who will be the mentor that will work with the  attendee to accomplish the project/initiative. 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Kenneth Dobbins
Emerging Leaders Program Academy Coordinator
President Emeritus, Southeast Missouri State University

Susannah Rodrigue
Program Manager, Partnerships and Leadership Development


ELP has convened an impressive faculty of current and former presidents and chancellors and content experts. Kenneth Dobbins, president emeritus of Southeast Missouri State University, acts as coordinator of the Emerging Leaders Program.

Schedule top

The Emerging Leaders Program begins with a 7:15 am breakfast on Saturday, June 1 and ends at noon on Tuesday,  June 4. Participants are expected to participate in all sessions and to attend all group meals. 

Download ELP 2019 final program (pdf)

Following completion of the seminar, participants must commit to semi- annual  check-ins with the Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator and nominating mentor regarding the status of the assigned project/initiative. 

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Note: Selected participants will be notified late March of their acceptance and will receive instructions on how to complete the registration. 

Registration Fees

  • AASCU member institutions - $1050 
  • Non-AASCU member institutions - $1350

The registration fee includes all program costs, materials, and all-but-one meal during the 31/2 day program. Participants are responsible for paying their own hotel accommodations and travel costs.  

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Park Hyatt Washington D.C.
1201 24th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: (202) 789-1234

Faculty should contact Susannah Rodrigue at (202) 478-4675 or

NOTE: Once applicants are notified of their acceptance, they will receive an email with instructions how to reserve hotel accommodations that must be confirmed no later than May 8th.
After that date, rooms may no longer be available at the group rate of $269, plus DC tax. 

Located in the heart of America, the Park Hyatt  is a short 10-minute walk from Georgetown shops and restaurants. A variety of popular D.C. landmarks and cultural attractions are also easily accessible, including the Phillips Collection and Georgetown waterfront, which are nearby

Attendees should arrive at the Park Hyatt by Friday evening on May 31 and depart on June 4. Check-in at the hotel is at 4 p.m. and checkout is at noon.  

Accommodations at Park Hyatt are required for all participants. Please contact Susannah Rodrigue at (202) 478-4675 with any questions. 


Air Travel
Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)  - 6 miles 
Dulles International Airport (IAD) - 27 miles 
Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) - 37 miles

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AASCU is pleased to partner with American Airlines to provide discount travel for all meeting attendees traveling to the Ronald Reagan National (DCA), Dulles International (IAD), or Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airports.   

All travel booked via American airline will receive a 5% discount off published fares (excluding basic economy and non-discountable fares) 

The discount can be booked on-line at for AA/AE flights only, without a ticketing charge, allow at least 1 business hour for loading.  Use the Authorization Number 9459DW as the Promotion Code.    

  • AADVANTAGE members may accrue mileage on MCD fares.
  • AADVANTAGE upgrades are allowed after ticketing, subject to the rules of the AAdvantage program.
Many companies provide taxicab service at all area airports. 

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