May 1, 2017

Barbara Lawrence Selected for National Leadership Development Program

Barbara Lawrence, Professor, Associate Academic Dean and Director of the Guilford Higher Education in Prison Program, is one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2017-18 Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the yearlong 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.

Barbara will participate in an opening seminar in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 3-5, 2017, and a closing seminar in Washington, D.C., on June 21-23, 2018. Barbara also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year.

The academy is designed 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.

“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 Barbara has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus.”

The Academy is co-sponsored by CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), and Academic Search, Inc. Linda M. Bleicken, president of AALI, will direct the program. For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit