2020 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute

Friday, May 29, 2020 to Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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 logo roundThe 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. 

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.

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 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. 


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 124 graduates being appointed their presidency or chancellorship. 32 graduates have also entered their second or third presidencies, bringing MLI's influence to 156 presidencies or chancellorships. However, success is not measured in presidencies alone. Career advancements go well beyond those graduates who achieve their first presidency. MLI provides a broader pool of diverse, qualified candidates who can compete for senior executive level positions of the nation’s higher education academy and the value of MLI's influence in building a diverse senior leadership team on campuses is nationally recognized. Since 1999, MLI has graduated 601 graduates.

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Protégé Registration Fees

    Fees will be posted by September 30, 2019.

The registration fee includes the 4 ½ 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.
Participants are required to stay at the Park Hyatt, Washington D.C. Please contact Karusha Naidoo at naidook@aascu.org for details. For a list of AASCU member institutions, visit www.aascu.org/members.
MLI Graduates - Institute Refresher Fees (Registration fee for returning protégés)

  • 1/2 day - $150 plus one night’s hotel accommodations
  • Full-day - $200 plus two nights’ hotel accommodations
  • 2-day - $350 plus three nights’ hotel accommodations
  • 3- days - $525 plus four nights’ hotel accommodations
  • 4-day conference - $750 plus five nights’ hotel accommodations

Complimentary Faculty/Mentor Registration
Faculty members may contact Karusha Naidoo at naidook@aascu.org should you any have questions.

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

Accommodations at Park Hyatt are required for all participants. Please visit this page in March 2020 for more details on securing our group rate and reserving your room.

Airport Travel

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

Hertz Rental Car

Please check back for more updates on the rental car.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Institute cancellations must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. EST, May 1, 2020 in order to receive a refund minus a $250 administrative processing fee that will be deducted. Cancellations received after May 1, 2020 will incur a $500 administrative processing fee. Cancellations received after May 11, 2020 will forfeit the entire registration fee. Please notify the MLI team of your cancellation  at mli@aascu.org.