TUSKEGEE, Ala. – Cynthia Sellers, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management has been chosen as one of 21 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy. Program participants are selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute. Sellers is the only administrator representing an historically black institution.
Dr. Cynthia D. Sellers, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Individuals chosen for the program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who aspire to the presidency of an independent college or university. Starting in July, Sellers will participate in two seminars in Washington, D.C., ongoing webinars, special assignments and a mentoring program. In addition, she will develop an experiential learning plan focused on specific areas of presidential responsibility and complete a series of readings and case studies.
CIC president Richard Ekman said the program’s competition was intense.
“The review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Sellers has the potential for highly effective leadership as a college or university president,” Ekman said.
"I am very grateful to President Gilbert L. Rochon for nominating me for this executive leadership program. Being selected as one of the 21 participants in the 2013-2014 Executive Leadership Academy is an honor,” Sellers said.
The purpose of the academy is to prepare provosts and vice presidents to serve as effective college presidents. Since the program began in the 2009–2010 academic year, several vice presidents have become presidents. Although Sellers is not currently seeking to become a college president, she said she is grateful for Tuskegee’s commitment to employee professional development.
“This leadership program has an excellent track record of training vice presidents to become university presidents. I look forward to participating in this executive leadership experience and successfully completing the program," Sellers said.
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CIC EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PARTICIPANTS, 2013–2014
Philip Acree Cavalier, Eureka College
Neil S. Braun, Pace University
Seamus Carey, Sacred Heart University
Deborah Carlson, Nebraska Methodist College
Christine De Vinne, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Marshall Eidson, University of the Incarnate Word
Tracy Espy, Pfeiffer University
Jay Fostner, St. Norbert College
Stuart Jones, Averett University
Robert Mc Caig, Monmouth University
Michael McDonald, Kalamazoo College
Josephine Modica-Napolitano, Merrimack College
Kim Mooney, Franklin Pierce University
Tiffany Nolan, Quincy University
Edward Ogle, Marian University
Nicholas Piccolo, Alma College
David Podell, Marymount Manhattan College
Brian Posler, Baker University
David Rehm, Mount St. Mary’s University
Cynthia Sellers, Tuskegee University
Michael Stanton, Nichols College
About the American Academic Leadership Institute and Council of Independent Colleges
The Council of Independent Colleges
is an association of 645 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and more than 90 higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.
The American Academic Leadership Institute
provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education. AALI creates and implements programs and assistance for academic leaders in various administrative positions enabling them to be successful in their roles and to advance the institutions they serve. In addition, AALI supports research and publications and consults with academic leaders and boards of trustees concerning traditional and emerging issues facing higher education and its governance. Headquartered in Washington, DC, AALI and its predecessor organizations have participated in the advancement of higher education for over 30 years. A subsidiary of AALI, Academic Search Inc. (ASI), one of the nation’s premier search firms since 1976, provides significant funds each year to support AALI leadership development programs. The ASI subsidy allows AALI programs to be offered at a comparatively low price.