Workshop Dates Location
October 9-10, 2023

March 25-26, 2024

In Person, Washington DC

In Person, Washington DC

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October 9-10, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

Mastering the Presidential Search Process is a two-day, hands-on program designed to provide the tools necessary for success at every stage of the presidential search process.

Senior executive leaders currently holding a position of Dean or higher at any two-year or four-year institution are invited to apply. Applicants from member institutions of American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) are eligible for discounted program fees.


  • Receive resume and cover letter feedback from search consultants and colleagues
  • Engage in mock interviews with feedback from search consultants and colleagues
  • Refine presentation skills required for searching for a presidency
  • Learn from recently appointed college and university presidents about their journeys to the presidency
  • Discuss post-search negotiation to smooth your transition
  • Understand the expectations of presidential spouses and partners
Day 1
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
9:15 – 11:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
12:45 – 2:30 p.m.
2:30 – 4:45 p.m.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Breakfast & Workshop Overview
Luncheon Plenary
Panel Presentation
Breakout Sessions
Networking Reception
Day 2
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakfast Plenary
Panel Presentation
Mock Interviews
Luncheon Plenary
Presentation and Adjournment


$2750 Standard Fee

$2000 AASCU and CIC Member Discounted Fee

*Program fees will be due after acceptance into the program.


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FEATURED PRESENTERS (subject to change)

Javier Cevallos
Javier CevallosPresident, American Academic Leadership Institute
Shawn Hartman
Shawn HartmanSenior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Academic Search
Richard J. Helldobler
Richard J. HelldoblerPresident, William Paterson University (NJ)
Jann L. Joseph
Jann L. JosephPresident, Georgia Gwinnett College
Maya R. Kirkhope
Maya R. KirkhopeVice President for Consulting Services, Senior Consultant, and Senior Executive Coach
L. Jay Lemons
L. Jay LemonsPresident, Academic Search
Cynthia Patterson
Cynthia PattersonSenior Consultant and Senior Executive Coach
Shirley Robinson Pippins
Shirley Robinson PippinsSenior Consultant and Senior Executive Coach
Tyrone P. Thomas
Tyrone P. ThomasPartner, Holland & Knight, LLC

The American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) is a leading nonprofit organization that offers leadership identification, development, and support programs for administrators at all levels at public and independent colleges and universities through our partnerships with American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Academic Search is an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions and is the wholly-owned subsidiary of AALI, making it the only national search firm with a formal relationship to a premier leadership development institute.

Together, AALI and Academic Search are dedicated to delivering professional development programs to educators to enhance their leadership potential.