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Dean Hastings Selected for National Leadership Development Program

Brad Hastings, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities is one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2017 – 2018 Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the yearlong program are administrators in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Hastings will participate in an opening seminar in San Antonio, Texas, November 3-5, 2017, and a closing seminar in Washington, DC, June 21-23, 2018. He also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year.

The Academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division”including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement”in independent higher education.

“The need to prepare future leaders of colleges and universities has never been greater because the generation of people now in senior leadership positions on campus is rapidly approaching retirement,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “Competition for the available places in the program was intense, and the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Dr. Hastings has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus.”

“We are delighted that Brad has been selected to participate in the Senior Leadership Academy,” says Ron Akie, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “Since joining Mount Ida College, Brad has overseen the launch of new academic programs, enrollment growth and continued elevation of academic rigor. His selection reflects his career achievements thus far and, more important, his strong potential to ascend to a senior academic leadership position.”

The Academy is co-sponsored by CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), and Academic Search, Inc. Linda M. Bleicken, president of AALI, will direct the program. For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit www.cic.edu/SeniorLeadershipAcademy.