SUNY Summer Leadership Retreat

July 27 – July 31, 2020

White Eagle Conference Center


To either self-nominate or nominate a SUNY colleague for the Summer Leadership Retreat, please complete this nomination form. For any questions contact Priority considerations for nominations received through April 15, 2020.

About the Retreat

The summer program is a week-long retreat to enhance the leadership skills of the participants, making them more effective managers on their campuses and preparing them to take on more leadership responsibilities within SUNY in the future.

The week is devoted to the personal exploration of individual leadership, as well as gaining mastery in interpersonal, team, and collaborative dynamics. Throughout the week, participants are engaged in scholarly readings, thought provoking lectures, and challenging exercises, assessments, and case studies. Evening hours are devoted to fireside chats with senior leaders, coaching team feedback, team building and reflection. Participants leave with a professional development action plan and a new network of colleagues to assist them in continuing their growth.


“In higher education we are often sent to a myriad of training opportunities, some of which land, and some that miss the mark.  The SUNY SAIL Summer Leadership program is a home run—hands down the best, most impactful leadership opportunity I have attended in almost 20 years in higher education.”

“An excellent experience from which I learned a great deal about myself and about leadership.”

“This was a wonderful experience… I will talk it up to my colleagues and encourage them to attend in the future.”

“Thrilled to have been included. Many interesting concepts, ability to learn from others and enthusiastic presenters!”

“Attending a workshop this intense and at such a high caliber is a real gift and opportunity. Ongoing benefits are what we learned and the colleagues we got to know.”

” Excellent program; it reinforced some of what I already knew, provided a framework, and taught me so much more!”



Quick Facts

WHERE AND WHEN:  The summer leadership week will be held at White Eagle Conference Center on Lake Moraine in Hamilton, NY
( Participants will be expected to arrive for the opening session on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. and remain until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020.

EXPENSES: Participants or their home institutions will be responsible for the registration fee of $750 as well as travel and
accommodations. The fee for the program covers costs for the speakers; all workshop materials, including a binder of exercises and readings, and two personal development assessments (e.g., a SUNY360 leadership inventory and DiSC Work of Leaders). We are able to keep the costs low relative to many other leadership development opportunities because of SUNY’s commitment to investing in the next generation of higher education leaders.

On-site lodging and meals cost approximately $152 per night and is paid to the White Eagle Conference Center directly upon check-in. SUNY SAIL provides the names of participants to White Eagle on a master rooming list in advance of the program, eliminating the need for individuals to make their own reservations in advance. Payment will be expected upon check-in and is acceptable by either credit card, check or a campus may be invoiced in order to process payment. Please also provide a tax-exempt certificate upon check-in.

Because of the highly intensive format of the week, space is limited to approximately 35 participants. This program routinely fills to capacity, and recommend nominations are received as soon as possible.

Campus presidents and other senior campus leaders are encouraged to nominate institutional leaders who they feel have the experience and potential to advance in their careers. This retreat is particularly relevant to deans, directors and other mid-level leaders on your campus.

To either self-nominate or nominate a SUNY colleague for the Summer Leadership Retreat, please complete this nomination form. For any questions contact Priority considerations for nominations received through April 15, 2020.

Why Attend

The SUNY Leadership Institute has offered the Summer Leadership Retreat since 2007. The over 500 graduates of those programs—including current campus presidents, provosts, senior vice presidents, and other executive positions—credit the program with not only increasing their opportunities for advancement but also building the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in higher level positions. This unique leadership development program is a testimony to the investment that SUNY makes to build a pipeline of top talent.


This five-day leadership program focuses on discovering leadership (defining what leadership is, especially for oneself), and develops and applies skills around four broad areas of leadership experience: personal, interpersonal, team
and system mastery.


Personal Mastery. The ability to know oneself and learn from experience.


Interpersonal Mastery. The ability to communicate and work well with others, particularly in difficult conversations.


Team Mastery. The ability to develop and lead groups of individuals towards common goals while promoting a healthy environment.


Systems Mastery. The ability to think systemically and lead an organization through a strategic change process in a way that develops commitment and learning.


Additional benefits

• Each participant is assigned and mailed a book to read in advance of the retreat and as part of a small group will conduct a mini-teach session to their summer leadership peers. Each participant essentially walks away with a deep understanding of four relevant leadership texts.

•Each participant receives two printed, personalized assessment reports in their program workbook (SUNY360, DiSC Work of Leaders) which provides crucial data as they work through the leadership program