Executive Leadership Academy

About ELA

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) is designed for individuals from all backgrounds, who are currently serving in administrative positions in higher education, and who are interested in preparing themselves for appointments to executive positions such as dean, vice president, provost, president, and chancellor. It offers a five-day intensive training experience and is guided by a select faculty team, comprised of over 25 senior-level higher education executives.

The sessions focus on 26 Executive Leadership Skills that are essential to serving as successful higher education administrators, with topics on shifts in higher education and higher education leadership, changing funding sources and expectations, new requisite multicultural competencies, risk management, governing board relations, fundraising, and many more. This Academy will prepare current and future leaders to appreciate the multicultural and global dynamics of higher education by promoting key critical thinking skills, leadership, and strategic planning for higher education officials.

2020 ELA Sessions 

JULY Session: Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, 2020

AUGUST Session: Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7, 2020


Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


Tuition & Hotel Fees

The tuition fee for ELA is $6,900. This includes: curriculum & program materials; continental breakfasts, deluxe lunches, and light refreshments for the week; one reception and dinner; and a certificate of completion from UC Berkeley. Tuition EXCLUDES hotel accomodations, which will need to be made separately. 

In an effort to increase accessibility to the Executive Leadership Academy, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited amount of Lodging Fellowships to those with financial need. The fellowships are strictly for lodging and the hotel (designated by ELA) will be directly compensated by ELA for lodging accomodations.

Class of 2019

The largest ELA class to date with 55 fellows!

UC Berkeley's Executive Leadership Academy