The SUNY Institute for Academic and Innovative Leadership (SAIL) is grounded on the concept that colleges and universities need leaders who are strategic and innovative as well as have a firm understanding of the special nature of the academic core of the institutions that they serve. The SAIL Institute seeks to advance understanding and development of the next generation of leaders in higher education, and we are calling on you to nominate the people that are/will be charged with these critical leadership roles. 

The SUNY SAIL Institute is pleased to host the third annual Winter Leadership Retreat: Leading Culturally Intelligent and Inclusive Campuses. 

Spend three days expanding upon your ability to:

  • Understand Yourself as a Leader
  • Lead in the Higher Education Context
  • Shift your Mindset to Lead High-Performing Teams and Students to Success
  • Make Meaningful Change on Campus

Who Should Attend? This program is designed for faculty and administrative staff at a higher education institution looking to expand their leadership skills. Are you preparing to move into a new role or boost your ability to perform in your current position? This program is open to both SUNY and other institutions.

Nominations will be accepted through 11/22 and then reviewed by a selection committee. Nominees will be notified of their acceptance status in early December. Acceptance letters will include a link to register for the program. The program is scheduled for January 8 - 10, 2020 and will take place at the Carey Institute for Global Good. Review the SUNY SAIL Institute webpage for complete details about the Winter Leadership Retreat, including associated costs. 

 NYSERNet and the SAIL Institute have partnered to provide a custom academy designed around a series of workshops to help both aspiring and current CIOs as well as IT practitioners develop and strengthen the skills needed to thrive in the higher education IT landscape. This cohort-based program moves participants through a journey of self-discovery, skill development and knowledge creation.  We encourage you to nominate a colleague or yourself!  

This year, we are offering two tracks within the CIO Leadership Academy: Aspiring Leaders, for professionals transitioning into a management role in the IT function, and CIO. Please indicate which track you are selecting on the form. 

Intended Audience for the Aspiring Leaders track: 

  • Current  IT practitioners with significant responsibility for spanning various information technology-related services, including computing, software support, information security, data infrastructure, library services, etc.
  • Those who provide the support and/or coordination of information-related activities on their campuses.
  • May or may not have an interest in serving as a chief information officer, chief digital information officer or information technology director in the longer-term future, as this track is informational for aspiring IT leaders. 
  • Additional job titles may include Project Managers, Systems or Network Administrators or Managers, Lab and Classroom Technicians, etc.

Intended Audience for the CIO track: 

  • New and aspiring chief information officers, chief digital information officers and information technology directors.
  • Current directors/assistant directors, assistant CIOs or research directors with significant responsibility for information services, including information technology, computing, software support, information security, data infrastructure, library services and so forth.
  • Those who provide the coordination and leadership for ensuring quality and success of information-related activities on their campuses.
  • Additional job titles may include Analysts, Heads of Technology, Deputy CIOs, Dean of IT, AVPs, Information Security Officers etc.

Nominations will be accepted through 12/6 and then reviewed by a selection committee. Nominees will be notified of their acceptance status in early January. Acceptance letters will include a link to register for the program. The kickoff event is scheduled for February 6 and 7, 2020 and will take place at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, NY. Review the SUNY SAIL Institute webpage for complete details about the CIO Leadership Academy, including associated costs. 

The SUNY SAIL Institute is pleased to host the annual Summer Leadership Retreat. This popular program is a week-long retreat to enhance the leadership skills of the participants.

This intensive program focuses on discovering leadership (defining what leadership is, especially for oneself), and develops and applies skills around four broad areas of leadership experience: personal, interpersonal, team and system mastery. 

Who Should Attend? This program is designed for SUNY faculty and administrative staff looking to expand their leadership skills, making them more effective on their campuses. Participants leave the program prepared to take on more higher education leadership responsibilities in the future. 


Nominations will be accepted through 4/1/20 and then reviewed by a selection committee. Nominees will be notified of their acceptance status in May. Acceptance letters will include a link to register for the program. The program will take place July 27-31, 2020 at the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY. Review the SUNY SAIL Institute webpage for complete details about the Summer Leadership Retreat, including associated costs: https://sunysail.org/about-sail/summer-leadership/ 

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