Executive Leadership Academy

SUNY Executive Leadership Academy

June 2025

Virtual & NYC


 About the Academy

The SUNY Executive Leadership Academy is designed to provide provosts, campus vice presidents, and other executive-level administrators with the skills they need to advance to, and excel in, the most senior-level positions in higher education today.

Learn all about the SUNY Executive Leadership Academy and the NEW Hybrid format by viewing the Information Session recording from Nov. 19. (Run time ~30 minutes)

View the Information Session presentation slides.

Why Choose the SUNY Executive Leadership Academy

SUNY’s Executive Leadership Academy provides a unique opportunity for participants to gain a more in depth education about issues confronting higher education leaders and work closely with consultants from a leading search firm to better understand the executive search process.

The academy is unlike any other, providing participants with an opportunity to interact with experts from the nationally respected, mission-based executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller, as well as with campus presidents and system leaders who themselves have advanced to their current positions through repeated promotion. The partnership with Isaacson, Miller allows participants to work closely with consultants from one of the nation’s most esteemed search firms to learn how to effectively navigate the executive search process, whether you are leading a search for a new senior leader at your institution or you are looking for your next opportunity. Their list of clients includes Dartmouth, Penn State, and University of Illinois. They have also worked with campuses in the CUNY, SUNY, CSU, and UC systems.

The over 250 graduates of this program have moved into senior posts at community colleges, comprehensive colleges, and AAU universities. These campus presidents, provosts, senior vice presidents, and other executive leaders—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.

Participants will also learn from national higher education experts about:

  • Enrollment management
  • Student Success
  • Partnering with the Provost, Chief Diversity Officer and others on campus
  • Fundraising
  • Leading with Data
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Strategic Planning
  • Effectively Communicating as a Leader
  • And more!


The SUNY Executive Leadership Academy is designed for academic and administrative professionals who currently serve in executive and/or senior-level roles on a leadership trajectory at their institution. This includes provosts, campus vice presidents and deans as well as other senior administrators with significant leadership experience (associate/assistant provosts, associate/assistant vice presidents, chiefs of staff, executive directors, etc.). All share aspirational goals to advance to the highest level of leadership in higher education, specifically to secure presidential, vice presidential or other executive leadership positions in the next 1-3 years.

Participation is open to all higher education leaders across the country and around the world. Cohorts typically include leaders from the SUNY and CUNY systems, as well as many public and private colleges and universities of all institutional types.


This intensive, hybrid program consists of 5 online (half-day) virtual learning sessions beginning June 10 and concluding on June 26. Sessions occur on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout that summer month. On Thursday, June 12, the cohort will gather in NYC at SUNY’s Global Center (116 East 55th Street, NYC) for a full day in-person learning and networking. Review the agenda for details.

Nomination Process & Important Dates

Because of the highly intensive format of the Academy, space is limited. Campus presidents and other senior leaders are encouraged to nominate institution leaders who they feel have the experience and potential to advance their careers. Qualified individuals from colleges and universities across the country may submit a self-nomination. Nominees are required to submit a CV.

Nominees will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. Early action nominees will be notified of their status by mid-December 2024. All accepted participants will be contacted with registration information before the end of February 2025. The next program will be offered June 10-26, 2025.

Early action nominations will be accepted May 3, 2024 through December 2, 2024. Regular nominations will be considered through 2/14/25.





Participants or their home institutions will be responsible for covering the registration fee as well as travel and accommodations related to the June 12 event. Registration fees are discounted for SUNY employees. SUNY CPD points may be used to cover all or a portion of the registration costs for this program. Program fees include program tuition, course materials, food and beverages during the June 12 event.


SUNY Individual Participant Program Fee: $1,750
Isaacson, Miller-Nominated Individual Participant Program Fee: $2,250
Non-SUNY Individual Participant Program Fee: $2,750







A courtesy room block is being held at Hotel 57 (130 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022 212.753.8841). Room are secured at the government rate. Participants will pay on their own for rooms, and will be supplied a link to book a room in the block once accepted into the academy. Review the Global Center’s recommendations for local hotels for additional information.





“I found it interesting, challenging, and hopefully valuable to my professional future. I was challenged by the different thinking about strategic planning.”
“Please extend my complements and appreciation to everyone involved with the Executive Leadership Academy.”
“The week was well worth the investment in time and money!”
“I very much enjoyed spending time with everyone from across SUNY and in system.”

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