December 2020
Happy Holidays from Academic Search
This year brought unexpected challenges to many and we want to thank you for your continued support and partnership. As this holiday season approaches, we wish you and your family a happy, safe, and healthy 2021.
AALI 2021-2022 Programs
We continue our commitment to the cultivation of higher education talent through support of the suite of leadership development programs managed by our non-profit parent organization the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), in partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), among other national education associations. AALI is currently accepting nominations and applications for the following programs and we invite you to learn more by clicking here.

  • Prepares experienced vice presidents and other cabinet officers to become successful presidents/chancellors or other senior-level officers
  • Open to leaders at AASCU and CIC member institutions
  • Candidates must be nominated by their president/chancellor for CIC member institutions by January 22, 2021; AASCU member institutions by March 19, 2021

  • Prepares experienced administrators to become successful chief academic officers/provosts at AASCU member institutions
  • Candidates must be nominated by their chief academic officer by March 5, 2021

  • Prepares mid-level administrators for senior leadership positions at CIC member institutions
  • Candidates must be nominated by their president/chancellor, provost, or vice president by February 12, 2021

  • Designed for senior executive leaders at or above the dean’s level who are already engaged in or soon will be pursuing a presidency
  • Two-day workshop March 29-30, 2021, and again October 11-12, 2021, each for a limited audience of 24 participants
  • Participation is welcomed from all sectors
  • Participants from AASCU and CIC member institutions as well as AALI Academy alumni are eligible for discounted registration fees
Podcast: Leaders on Leadership with Jay Lemons
Jay Lemons is joined by Dr. Melody Rose, who earlier this year became Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Dr. Rose shares her story as the first in her family to earn a college degree and discusses how that experience shaped her perspective on access to higher education. She also discusses the value of effective communication strategies and what to look for in building a strong team.
Jay Lemons talks with Dr. Damián Fernández, President of Eckerd College (FL). Dr. Fernández shares his thoughts on higher education as an engine for social mobility and the importance of understanding the culture and ethos of an institution in order to be authentic and inspirational as its leader.

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Vice President for Business and Finance
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Through The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI), Senior Consultant Sharon Herzberger is preparing the next generation of MSI presidents by mentoring aspiring leaders in the higher education, non-profit, and business sectors. The Rutgers Center highlights the contributions of MSIs and advances their mission to serve disadvantaged communities. This month, Sharon will serve on the CMSI panel “Women in Leadership,” recounting lessons she learned throughout her academic career, including 13 years as president of Whittier College.