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/

The SUNY SAIL Institute is pleased to host the annual Summer Leadership Retreat in 2022. This popular  SAIL signature program is back! We will gather together in-person for a week-long retreat to enhance our higher education leadership skills.

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 mid-career SUNY faculty and administrative staff looking to expand their leadership skills, making them more effective on their campuses. Participants leave the program prepared with the mindset and skills to advance the work of their campus and take on more leadership responsibilities in the future. 


Nominations will be accepted through 4/30/22 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 August 1-5, 2022 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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