HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Dr. Del Doughty, interim vice president for
academic affairs, was one of 32 mid-level administrators in higher
education nationwide to be selected by the Council of Independent
Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy.
honored to be selected to participate in the Academy next year,”
Doughty said. “The Council of Independent Colleges is a great
organization and has long been the leading voice for liberal arts
education in America.”
Individuals chosen for the 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. Doughty will participate in two
seminars, one in Portland, Ore., Oct. 31–Nov. 2, 2014, and one in
Washington, D.C., June 24–26, 2015. 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 2014–2015 academic year.
college experience as we have known it for the past few centuries in
America is currently undergoing some rather vertiginous changes,”
Doughty said. “For a long time, we’ve believed that college is built
around the liberal arts and a four-year residency, and that belief has
borne good fruit. I’m interested in leadership because I’m interested in
making sure that this particular model of education continues to
The purpose of the Academy is 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.
is currently serving as HU’s interim vice president for academic
affairs. After his term is finished, he will continue with the
university as a professor of English, chair of the English department
and associate dean for academic affairs.
“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 Doughty has the potential for
highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on
Since the program began in the 2010–2011 academic year, 43 percent of the participants have experienced upward mobility.
indicators suggest that CIC is helping to meet the leadership needs of
higher education by offering highly effective leadership development
programs for modest fees to member institutions,” Ekman said.
Academy is co-sponsored by CIC and the American Academic Leadership
Institute (AALI) with financial support from Academic Search, Inc. and
the Henry Luce Foundation. Tom Kepple, president of AALI and president
emeritus of Juniata College (PA), is the program director. CIC is an
association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and
higher education affiliates and 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.
For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit www.cic.edu/SeniorLeadershipAcademy.