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Institute for Educational Management | IEM

7/16/17 to 7/28/17

10+ Years of Administrative Experience

Tuition: $8,995 per person

A limited number of spaces in IEM ’17 remain available. Additional applications are being considered on a rolling, space available basis until the class is filled. Please contact us at with any questions or to discuss the particulars of your situation.

Please note: program tuition is not inclusive of hotel accommodations.

Reflections on the IEM Experience: Vennie Gore

“The personal development and professional insight that I gained from IEM were well worth the time and effort. IEM was an investment — both in myself and my institution — that I'm confident will pay off greatly in the future.”
– Vennie Gore, IEM’15, Vice President of Auxiliary Enterprises, Michigan State University

What You Will Learn

The Institute for Educational Management (IEM) is an intensive, total-immersion experience that provides a rare opportunity to assess your leadership skills, renew your commitment to higher education, and develop tangible strategies for long-term institutional success.

Program Overview

Senior leaders in higher education face a daunting set of challenges — fiscal constraints, heightened accountability, new competitors, emerging technologies, substantial demographic change, and questions about the relevance and effectiveness of higher education. IEM helps you focus on the challenges of organizational change while providing opportunities for personal renewal.

IEM addresses the critical stewardship role played by senior-level leaders at their institutions and provides a core set of conceptual tools for understanding both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of effective institutional leadership. The skills developed throughout the program will help you articulate a compelling institutional vision that fosters meaningful and enduring institutional change.

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Program Objectives
  • Lead successfully in a changing context
  • Balance internal and external leadership roles
  • Work effectively as a member of the senior leadership team
  • Foster and support organizational change
  • Articulate a powerful institutional vision and enlist others in pursuit of that vision
Who Should Attend
  • Senior-level administrators who have both the responsibility and authority to shape institution-wide policy
  • Presidents, vice presidents, and other members of the executive cabinet who participate in strategic decision-making that shapes the future of the institution


What People Are Saying

“The best professional development program I ever attended.” —Tom McNamara, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

“The program exceeded all of my expectations and has been one of the most profound and informative professional development experiences I have had in my career. I will encourage my staff and peers to attend.”

“Your work was exceptional and inspiring. The entire experience made me yearn to go back to school. Thank you sincerely!” —Frank Shushok, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


Faculty Chairs

James Honan is senior lecturer at HGSE. Honan's teaching and research interests include financial management of nonprofit organizations, organizational performance measurement and management, and higher-education administration. Honan serves as a consultant on strategic planning, resource allocation and performance measurement and management to numerous colleges, universities, schools and nonprofit organizations, both nationally and internationally.

Joseph Zolner is lecturer on education and senior director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education at HGSE. As HIHE Director, he is responsible for the quality, relevance and variety of professional development programs offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the higher education community. Previously, Zolner served as director of the Graduate Management Institute at Union College, NY and director of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Northeastern University, MA.


Jim Antony, senior lecturer on education, HGSE

Kent Chabotar, president emeritus, Guilford College

Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita, Spelman College

Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, HGSE

Juliet Garcia, senior advisor to the University of Texas System Chancellor for Community, National and Global Engagement

Monica Higgins, Kathleen McCartney Professor of Education Leadership

Andrew Ho, professor of education, HGSE

Lisa Lahey, lecturer on education, HGSE

Dick Light, Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning, HGSE

Judith Block McLaughlin, senior lecturer on education, HGSE

Susan Moore Johnson, Jerome T. Murphy Research Professor in Education, HGSE

Jonathan Paul, assistant vice president, Finance, Harvard University

Bill Ryan, Research Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Jim Ryan, dean of the faculty of education, Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, HGSE

Bridget Terry Long, Saris Professor of Education and Economics, Academic Dean, HGSE

David Wilson, president, Morgan State University


Enrollment Instructions

Participants are selected for their scope of responsibility, their breadth of experience, and their potential to help their institutions respond to changing needs and new opportunities. When selecting participants, the Admissions Committee also considers the overall character of the class to maximize group learning. A network of alumni and former participants are available to speak with you, many are from similar institutions or professionals with responsibilities comparable to your own.

Please note that admission to IEM is competitive, we regret that we are unable to accept every qualified applicant. Participants are expected to have the endorsement of their institutions. Ordinarily this is reflected in full financial support.

Applicants are responsible for submitting supplemental materials with their online application. 

Step One
You will be asked to provide your personal profile and organizational information.

Step Two
You will be asked to respond to the following questions:

  1. Explain how participation in the program will benefit your work and describe one or more significant challenges you would like to explore during the program. (250 word limit)
  2. In what ways do you expect your particular skills, experience and perspective to contribute to group discussions? (250 word limit)

Step Three
You will be asked to upload your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) as a single MS Word or PDF document. Please ensure that the document lists the following elements of your professional and educational background in reverse-chronological order, beginning with your most recent activities.

  1. Professional Experience
    For each position you have held, include:
    • Organization name
    • Dates worked
    • Title or position
    • A brief description of responsibilities
  2. Educational Background
    For each educational institution you have attended, include:
    • Dates you attended or date your degree was conferred
    • Degree earned
    • College or university name

Step Four
You are required to submit two letters of recommendation, one from your current supervisor and one from a professional colleague. Once you have submitted the online portion of the application (steps 1–3), you will receive links to forward to your recommenders. Your recommenders will need your last name and email address to log in to the application system.

Fees, Hotel Accommodations, and Policies

The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials, refreshments, and most meals. Program tuition is not inclusive of hotel accommodations. Participants receive a certificate of participation at the close of the program.

Payment or a purchase order must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. While a purchase order confirms a reservation, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered. If funds are unable to be processed within these guidelines, a documented payment plan is to be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax, and received two weeks prior to the program start date.

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Please click here for more information on our on-campus and online refund and withdrawal policies. If you have any additional questions or concerns about your ability to participate, please contact our admissions team at or 1-800-545-1849.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

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