Executive Leadership Academy-Higher Ed

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The Executive Leadership Academy-Higher Ed is a comprehensive program, designed for accomplished mid to senior-level staff and faculty with strategic and operational leadership responsibilities. The Academy develops and enhances participant core competencies essential for effective, agile, and innovative leadership. The goals of this intensive nine-month program include:

  • Strengthening our diverse culture by building networks to increase cross-institutional collaboration and retention
  • Expanding participants’ leadership knowledge and skills for today’s changing higher education and research environments
  • Increasing knowledge and impact in leading agile administrative, operational, and project teams
  • Building strong organizational sustainability
  • Increasing leader commitment to strategic and innovative culture

The ELA-HE elements include: immersions, project coachings, individual coachings, service projects, leadership mentoring and assessments (360, DISC and CliftonStrengths).


  • To nominate a mid- to senior-level UI staff or faculty member with strategic and operational leadership responsibilities, email oe-leader@uiowa.edu and include: nominee's name, department and email address. Self nominations are accepted.
  • Once nominations are received, nominees will be contacted to complete the 2019-2020 ELA on-line application.
  • The ELA-HE Selection Committee will review applications, make selections based on application criteria, and applicants will be notified.
  • Upon notification of acceptance into the academy, ELA participants will receive next steps on programming and the Academy fee payment process.

The application period for the 2018-19 ELA-HE has closed.

2018-2019 Executive Leadership Academy-Higher Ed Schedule
Immersions Project Coaching (1:30 pm - 5 pm) Individual Coaching (1 hour sessions to be scheduled)
September 5 & 6, 2018 September 19, 2018 Week of September 10, 2018
October 4 & 5, 2018 October 17, 2018 Week of October, 8, 2018
November 1 & 2, 2018 November 14, 2018 Week of November 5, 2018
February 7 & 8, 2019 February 20, 2019 Week of February 11, 2019
March 7 & 8, 2019 March 27, 2019 Week of March 11, 2019
April 4 & 5, 2019 April 17, 2019 Week of April 8, 2019

The 2018-2019 ELA will conclude with a Showcase on May 3, 2019.


Please reach out to oe-leader@uiowa.edu 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