Dr. Alicia Martinez, Mitchell College dean of student experience and belonging, was recently selected to participate in the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), a year-long program co-sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). The program, which prepares experienced higher education leaders to move to positions of greater responsibility, including presidencies, is one of the most prestigious opportunities at the national level.
Selected from hundreds of applicants as one of 35 participants, Dr. Martinez will attend two seminars in Washington, D.C., led by current and former presidents and specialists in key areas. She will also benefit from a highly individualized Professional Experience Plan, taking into account her expertise and experience. In addition, she will participate in executive coaching, peer-to-peer participant-led webinars, regional gatherings and other activities.
Mitchell College president, Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, a former participant who nominated Dr. Martinez, said, “A leader among leaders, Dr. Martinez has two decades of experience in higher education leadership. She has consistently made tremendous positive impacts here at Mitchell College, through some of the most challenging times in higher education. Dr. Martinez represents the next generation of leaders, who are critical for long-term higher education success, and it was my absolute pleasure to nominate her for selection to the CIC Leadership Academy.”
Dr. Espy will also serve as a mentor for Dr. Martinez.
“I look forward to connecting with and sharing ideas with other senior leadership from a variety of colleges, as well as the individualized executive coaching and development of the Professional Experience Plan. My hope is to advance my institutional knowledge base and identify areas of personal experience and expertise I can strengthen with a focus on continuous improvement to ensure I can effectively meet the challenges of today’s educational environment and best serve our students.” —Dr. Martinez