The American Academic Leadership Institute offers a wide range of leadership development programs, mentoring experiences, and networking opportunities to leaders in both public and private colleges and universities. In partnership with Academic Search, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges, our mission is to support administrators in enhancing their leadership skills and expanding their professional networks, fostering the growth of effective leaders in higher education.

Mastering the Presidential Search Process

A two-day, hands-on workshop for aspiring administrative higher education leaders considering the presidency role. Open to leaders from any institution.

Executive Leadership Academy

A year-long leadership development program for aspiring executive leaders from CIC or AASCU member institutions with proven administrative leadership experience.

Becoming a Provost Academy

A year-long leadership development program for proven academic or administrative leaders from AASCU member institutions aspiring to become a provost/chief academic officer.

Senior Leadership Academy

A year-long leadership development program that prepares experienced administrators from CIC member institutions for vice presidency and other senior and cabinet-level roles.


  • Identifying and developing academic leadership skills to prepare individuals for success in future leadership roles.

  • Offering programs, initiatives, seminars and workshops for academic leaders in various administrative positions to enable them to be successful in their current roles and to advance the institutions they serve

  • Consulting with academic leaders and boards of trustees concerning traditional and emerging issues facing higher education leadership.

  • Providing assistance during periods of leadership transition to ensure a smooth succession process.
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“AALI is the only program that offers a comprehensive line-up of courses that are taught by successful presidents who are truly interested in helping the candidates discern and prepare for their own presidencies. AALI is essential for those who are contemplating a college presidency.”

Dr. Polly Peterson
President, University of Jamestown (ND)

AALI Executive Leadership Academy (2016-2017)
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“The Becoming a Provost Academy not only helped me to think about the provost position as a career option at the time, but also helped me to better understand the role of a provost and the challenges and opportunities such a leadership position would provide prior to becoming one.”

Dr. Andrew T. Hsu
President, College of Charleston (SC)

AALI Becoming a Provost Academy (2015-2016)