Executive Leadership Academy


SESSION 9: July 8-12, 2019

Location: The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

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 28 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.

Since ELA was founded in 2011, 321 fellows have graduated from the program. The fellows of ELA derive from diverse institutions: public and private universities, businesses, non-profits, and other types of institutions. In addition, nearly 10% of our graduated Fellows came from international backgrounds, hailing from countries such as Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Zimbabwe, and many more. The results are exceedingly positive: many ELA graduates have advanced to positions such as deans, provosts, chancellors, and presidents, applauding ELA as a program “on the cutting edge of critical issues facing higher education.”


For a closer look into the academy that strives to transform higher education, read these articles from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, which highlights the 2018 ELA program: 2018 ELA Article Link and 2018 ELA Feature Article

Sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education.
Founder and Executive Director: Josefina Castillo Baltodano, J.D.
Supported by the ELA Advisory Board
Jud King, Josie Baltodano
ELA attendee
ELA recepients