In the Harvard Seminar for Presidential Leadership, you will reflect on where you are in your presidency, consider the choices that lie ahead for you and your institution, and gain practical insights into important topics in higher education.
Join a cohort of college and university presidents from a wide range of institutions as you step back from the daily responsibilities of the presidency and engage in candid and critical conversations about your challenges, your concerns, and your own leadership performance.
This interactive and retreat-like seminar provides a rare opportunity for college and university presidents and chancellors to reflect on personal and institutional challenges in a supportive and confidential setting. You will reflect on your presidency, identify future plans, evaluate the state of your institution, assess your progress toward professional and institutional goals, and gain insight about critical issues facing higher education.
This year’s seminar will focus on three key presidential imperatives — leading change, navigating controversy, and raising money.
Work closely with Harvard faculty and other experienced presidents from a range of institutions during classroom sessions, small group discussion, consultancies, and informal opportunities for networking and conversation among colleagues and subject matter experts. The Harvard Seminar for Presidential Leadership provides an intimate and engaging environment, one that provides a meaningful opportunity to reflect, interact, and learn.
- Assess the current state of your institution and presidency, identifying appropriate goals for future success
- Learn how to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders to implement change at a pace that aligns with your objectives
- Develop strategies to navigate conflict and controversy successfully, including issues of academic freedom, shared governance, diversity, and the changing political landscape
- Identify useful approaches and practical tools to achieve your fundraising goals