Workshop Dates Location
October 14-15, 2024

March 24-25, 2025

In Person, Washington DC

In Person, Washington DC

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October 14-15, 2024 in Washington, DC

Mastering the Presidential Search Process is a two-day, hands-on program designed to provide the tools necessary for success at every stage of the presidential search process.

Senior executive leaders currently holding a position of Dean or higher at any two-year or four-year institution are invited to apply. Applicants from member institutions of American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) are eligible for discounted program fees.


  • Receive resume and cover letter feedback from search consultants and colleagues
  • Engage in mock interviews with feedback from search consultants and colleagues
  • Refine presentation skills required for searching for a presidency
  • Learn from recently appointed college and university presidents about their journeys to the presidency
  • Discuss post-search negotiation to smooth your transition
  • Understand the expectations of presidential spouses and partners
Day 1
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
9:15 – 11:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
12:45 – 2:30 p.m.
2:30 – 4:45 p.m.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Breakfast & Workshop Overview
Luncheon Plenary
Panel Presentation
Breakout Sessions
Networking Reception
Day 2
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakfast Plenary
Panel Presentation
Mock Interviews
Luncheon Plenary
Presentation and Adjournment


$2950 Standard Fee

$2200 AASCU and CIC Member Discounted Fee

Program fees will be due after acceptance into the program.

Click here to contact us with questions about this program or email Dr. Tara M. Hart at

FEATURED PRESENTERS (subject to change)

Javier Cevallos
Javier CevallosPresident, American Academic Leadership Institute
L. Jay Lemons
L. Jay LemonsPresident, Academic Search
Shawn Hartman
Shawn HartmanSenior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Academic Search
Gwendolyn G. Joseph
Gwendolyn G. JosephSenior Consultant and Senior Executive Coach
Maya R. Kirkhope
Maya R. KirkhopeVice President for Consulting Services, Senior Consultant, and Senior Executive Coach
Shirley Robinson Pippins
Shirley Robinson PippinsSenior Consultant and Senior Executive Coach
Beatriz Gonzalez
Beatriz GonzalezPresident, Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus
Ken Iwama
Ken IwamaChancellor, Indiana University Northwest
Tyrone P. Thomas
Tyrone P. ThomasPartner, Holland & Knight, LLC

The American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) is a leading nonprofit organization that offers leadership identification, development, and support programs for administrators at all levels at public and independent colleges and universities through our partnerships with American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Academic Search is an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions and is the wholly-owned subsidiary of AALI, making it the only national search firm with a formal relationship to a premier leadership development institute.

Together, AALI and Academic Search are dedicated to delivering professional development programs to educators to enhance their leadership potential.