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Whether you’re an aspiring university president, provost or vice president, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) can help you take your career to the next level.

For nearly 10 years, AALI has earned acclaim as the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to leadership development in higher education. AALI offers a wide range of leadership programs, networking opportunities and mentorship experiences to prepare administrators to advance to higher positions of responsibility at public and private colleges and universities.

Under the leadership of Dr. Linda Bleicken, the former President of Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia and the former Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia — AALI offers opportunities to learn from experienced leaders and provides access to the skills, tools, mentoring and connections that will prepare you for success.


More than 50% of administrators who have participated in AALI programs have successfully advanced to senior cabinet level positions and presidencies.

AALI programs include:

  • Executive Leadership Academy

  • Becoming a Provost Academy

  • Senior Leadership Academy


“The AALI program provides an opportunity to engage in deep self-reflection and a critical understanding of leadership competencies and professional talents that are important for presidential success. Anyone willing to make the investment in their professional growth will benefit from this forward-looking program.”

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson

President, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, AALI Executive Leadership Academy (2013-2014)