Nominate a colleague, or yourself, to take part in any of the 2019 signature programs.


Nomination periods are currently open for signature programs offered by the SAIL Institute in 2019:



Executive Leadership Academy
June 17-20, 2019 – NYC
For priority consideration, nominations must be received by March 15

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. SUNY’s Executive Leadership Academy provides a unique opportunity 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. Campus presidents are encouraged to nominate institution leaders who they feel have the experience and potential to advance to the highest levels of leadership in higher education.

Learn more about the Executive Leadership Academy
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Summer Leadership Retreat July 29 – August 2, 2019 – Hamilton
For priority consideration, nominations should be submitted by May 1

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 SUNY Summer Leadership Retreat is entering it’s 12th year of successful programming and boasts over 500 capable graduates. This retreat is particularly relevant to deans, directors and other mid-level leaders on your campus. Learn more about the Summer Leadership Retreat Submit a Nomination Now

Why nominate someone?

“This is a great opportunity to look at the diversity and talent at your organization and put individuals around the table who may not have known about this amazing opportunity. Leadership is all about hearing, appreciating and working with diverse perspectives, it is up to you to nominate your colleagues and share the opportunity to be part of this incredible system-wide leadership initiative.”

Nikkie Herman, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, Alfred State College (Summer 2018 Alumna)

The SUNY SAIL Institute provided a valuable learning opportunity for our Interim Vice President for Student Affairs to connect with many colleagues across SUNY and strengthen key leadership skills.  The [Executive Leadership] institute provided insight into the challenges and opportunities facing SUNY campuses and successfully built a supportive network among the faculty and administrator participants.

President Samuel L. Stanley, Stony Brook University

One of our most important responsibilities as SUNY leaders is to actively support the professional growth of each one of our team members, helping to build the next iteration of higher education leaders for our great system. The SUNY SAIL Leadership Development programs are higher education-specific training provided by higher education experts—thought leaders who themselves have advanced through the ranks. I am not only an alumni of the SAIL summer leadership institute program myself but now take great pride in nominating members of my staff to attend.  Citing it as some of the best training they have received to date, team members return with actionable goals that can be incorporated into their annual performance plans.  I encourage my SUNY colleagues and beyond to utilize SAIL to build the leadership skills of their respective teams. Elizabeth L. Bringsjord, Ph.D., SUNY Vice Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs