Premier Executive Leadership Academy to Present Outstanding Achievement Award to UC Davis Acting Chancellor Ralph Hexter Primary tabs

July 8, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, July 8, 2016 – On July 11, the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), sponsored by Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), and now in its seventh session, will recognize the extraordinary contributions made to the program by Ralph Hexter, Acting Chancellor, University of California, Davis.  The award will be presented by Michael Nacht, Interim Director of CSHE, at the opening dinner of the ELA program, which takes place from July 11th -15th at the Hotel Shattuck, Berkeley.

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), founded and directed by Josefina Castillo Baltodano, prepares visionary higher education leaders from all backgrounds to guide their institutions in a multicultural and global environment.  ELA promotes key critical thinking skills, leadership, and strategic planning for higher education.  In addition, the Academy prepares those interested in advancing to executive positions such as deans, provosts, chancellors, and presidents.Two hundred and twenty-six Fellows have graduated from the program since its first class in 2011.

Ralph Hexter will be honored for his tireless efforts to promote and advance talent to the Executive Leadership Academy; throughout the last five years he has sponsored eighteen fellows from the UC Davis campus.  Hexter has been a vital mentor for the program and will receive the Outstanding Sponsor and Mentor Award, 2016, at the award ceremony.

As Acting Chancellor for the University of California Davis, Ralph Hexter is the top institutional leader and primary public representative of UC Davis, including the Health System in Sacramento, he oversees all aspects of the university’s mission of teaching, research, and public service.  Hexter came to UC Davis in 2011 as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.  Prior to that, he was President of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Executive Dean of the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley.

Throughout his career, Ralph Hexter has made it a priority to foster excellence and to promote equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff.  


Michael Nacht, is the Interim Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley.He holds the Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair in Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public policy.  Prior to joining the Goldman School, Nacht held faculty positions and served as Dean of the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, and served as Associate Director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.   

Josefina Castillo Baltodano, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Executive Leadership Academy, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, and the former President of Marian University.

Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) was established in 1956 and was the first research institute in the United States devoted to the study of systems, institutions, and processes of higher education.  The Center’s mission is to produce and support multi-disciplinary scholarly perspectives on strategic issues in higher education, to conduct relevant policy research, to promote the development of a community of scholars and policymakers engaged in policy-oriented discussion, and to serve the public as a resource on higher education.