Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents
November 7-9, 2013Apply
3+ Years of Presidential Experience
What You Will Learn
The Seminar provides a rare, confidential space for college and university presidents to come together with Harvard faculty to reflect on their presidency and to assess leadership challenges that lie ahead.
College and university presidents must work with multiple constituencies every day. Their ceremonial roles take them regularly into social settings. Decision making is carried out in concert with senior administrative teams, governing boards and campus governance groups. And they must work across institutional boundaries in order to succeed.
Yet, despite such active and ongoing interaction, the role of the president is often a lonely one. No one else at the institution faces the same expectations and demands, or understands the unique stresses and challenges of serving in this complex and nuanced role.
The Seminar offers a rare opportunity for college and university presidents to step back from the daily responsibilities of the presidency, come together with colleagues and discuss key leadership issues. You will reflect on where you are in your presidency and consider the choices that lie ahead for both you and your institution. You will work together with senior Harvard faculty, discuss common challenges and analyze the opportunities that lie ahead.
The interactive, retreat-like program recreates the intimate and engaging learning environment that has long been part of the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents. Over the course of three days, you will work closely with faculty and colleagues in classroom sessions, small group discussions, consultations and informal conversations to address key issues you face every day.
Who Should Attend
- College and university presidents from across American higher education with a minimum of 3 years of experience in the presidency
- Enrollment is limited to approximately 35 presidents
Judith Block McLaughlin is Senior Lecturer in Education; Director of the Higher Education Program and the Higher Education Doctoral concentration at HGSE. McLaughlin's teaching and research interests focus on leadership and governance in higher education. She is the Chair of the Massachusetts Public Education Nominating Council, the body that nominates trustees for the state's public colleges and universities. McLaughlin has written and consulted extensively on leadership transitions, presidential assessment, board-president relationships, senior staff functioning and board governance.
The Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents is an application based program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. To maximize the learning experience, the institute aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible.
To apply, you will need to submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Admissions decisions will be made within 3–4 weeks of receipt of a completed application.
Payment is due within 30 days of acceptance into the program. If acceptance falls less than 30 days prior to program start date, payment is due upon acceptance.
The comprehensive program fee includes tuition, all instructional materials, accommodations and all meals. Participants receive a certificate of participation at the close of the program.
Payment or a purchase order is due 30 days after admission. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.
Participants will be housed at a local hotel. Detailed information will be provided to all admitted participants. The Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred. We recommend that you not make travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program.
Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.
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.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education affirms the right of all individuals to equal treatment in education without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, handicap, national origin, or any other factors that are extraneous to effective performance. The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accommodate anyone with disabilities.