Leadership Development

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building., Suite. 50
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) – Higher Education is a comprehensive and immersive program that prepares UI leaders to meet the organizational goals of the University of Iowa now and into the future. ​

This program is best suited for leaders who are new to or moving into more strategic roles and have demonstrated strong mid-level management experience. The goals of the program include:

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  • Providing extensive training, mentoring, networking, and shared problem solving to expand leadership skills and cultivate emerging strategic level leadership. 
  • Broadening and growing the skills of today's leaders to meet the organizational goals of the University of Iowa in the future. 
  • Opportunities to practice big picture thinking and leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Growing a community of leaders across campus. 

ELA- Higher Ed Program Elements

  • Immersions 
  • Individual Coaching 
  • Leadership Lab 
  • Mentorship 
  • Closing Session with Leadership Lab Presentations 

The next ELA – Higher Education session will kick off in September 2024 and will conclude in April 2025 with a break in programming in December and January. The program will involve approximately 6 – 10 hours per/month. 


What past participants have to say about ELA- Higher Education. 

The academy is an investment in yourself. I felt the program provided me new skills that will enhance my leadership journey. It also provided me the necessary confidence to find greater engagement with the University of Iowa community and senior leaders, and to learn from experts on the concepts of leadership and communication. The academy was a pivotal moment in my career at the University of Iowa.
Kevin Zihlman, Assistant Athletics Director, Compliance
I was strategic about the timing of when I applied because I wanted to make sure I had the time to commit to the program, I was so glad I did that, the benefits and rewards are significant. The relationships I formed with my cohort, my mentor, and the academy staff made a lasting impression on me and I have friends from around campus now that I didn’t have previously. This experience was a significant part of my leadership journey.
Maureen Schafer, Assistant Provost, Academic Advising Center

Want to Learn More?

Join us at one of the upcoming Executive Leadership Academy- Higher Education open houses to learn more about the program. Email OE Leader to receive the Zoom link. 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (virtual)

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (virtual)

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View the ELA- Higher Education Alumni List for the past 7 years.



Please reach out to for any questions regarding the Executive Leadership Academy-Higher Education.

For employees with a health care focus, visit: The Executive Leadership Academy-UI Health Care