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 Executive Leadership Academy in June 2022 (tentatively June 13-16, 2022) at the SUNY Global Center in NYC. This intensive four-day program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of executive level administrators, vice presidents and provosts and prepare them to advance to, and excel in, the most senior level positions in higher education today.

SUNY SAIL Institute's Executive Leadership Academy is unique in that participants interact with experts from the nationally respected, mission-based executive search firm Isaacson, Miller as well as with campus presidents and system leaders who themselves have advanced to their current positions through repeated promotion.

Participants will also learn from national experts about:

  • Enrollment management
  • Fundraising
  • Budget & Finance
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Strategic Communications

Who Should Attend? The SUNY Executive Leadership Academy is designed for academic and administrative professionals who currently serve in executive and/or senior level roles on a leadership trajectory at their institution. This includes provosts, campus vice presidents and deans as well as other senior administrators with significant leadership experience (associate/assistant provosts, associate/assistant vice presidents, chiefs of staff, executive directors, etc.). All share aspirational goals to advance to the highest level of leadership in higher education, specifically to secure presidential, vice presidential or other executive leadership positions in the next 1-3 years.


Early action nominations will be accepted beginning May 3 through 12/1/21. Regular nominations will be considered through 1/15/22. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee. Nominees will be notified of their acceptance status in early 2022. Acceptance letters will include a link to register for the program. The program will take place in mid-June 2022 (tentatively June 13-16, 2022) at the SUNY Global Center in NYC. Review the SUNY SAIL Institute webpage for complete details about the Executive Leadership Academy, including associated costs: https://sunysail.org/about-sail/executive-leadership/

SUBOA and the SUNY SAIL Institute are pleased to offer the 2021 Business Officers' Leadership Academy.  This five month-long academy includes eight learning events. Due to continuing travel restrictions, the academy is prepared to be 100%  virtual with the hope to bring the cohort together for a mid-semester and graduation event in the Capital Region. The experience begins with  an opportunity to meet their mentor, academy colleagues and program facilitators during two half-day online programs in August. A series of  virtual growth sessions will take place throughout the fall semester  (three hours each from 9:15 a.m. – noon). The program concludes with two half-day events serving as capstone and graduation, where participants present an applied learning project.
Who Should Attend?

  • Aspiring and new business officers operating in a college or university setting.
  • Current Coordinators, Managers, Directors or AVPs/Vice Presidents with significant responsibility for leading business administration at  their institution.
  • Those who provide the administrative support and leadership for ensuring quality and success of business operations of their campuses.
  • Those looking for professional development, to serve in a business officer leadership role in the higher education setting, that have transitioned from an outside industry.


Nominations will be accepted from April 20 through June 21 and then reviewed by a selection committee. Nominees will be notified of their acceptance status in early July. The program will kick off August 11 with a virtual event. Review the SUNY SAIL Institute webpage for complete details about the academy including all event dates/times: https://sunysail.org/cbo/

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