Simpson University’s Chief Academic Officer Selected for National Leadership Program

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University announced today that its provost, Dr. Stanley Clark, is one of only 25 chief academic officers nationwide selected to participate in a seminar on "Leadership for the 21st Century for Chief Academic Officers" that will be held July 12-16 in Annapolis, Md.

This highly competitive leadership development program is intended to foster the perspectives and skills of college and university chief academic officers that can lead to success in unpredictable times. The program is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), a national association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities, and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), which provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education.

The five-day seminar will focus on the topic of “Administrative Wisdom for Chief Academic Officers: Classic and Contemporary Readings on Leadership and Responsibility” and will be led by John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

AALI President Ann Die Hasselmo described the seminar as a rare opportunity for CAOs to engage with colleagues nationwide in a rich and substantive exploration of the issues facing academic leaders in today’s challenging times.

“We can get so immersed in the dilemmas of the day that we neglect to remember that serious leadership issues and challenges have always surrounded the leader, regardless of the place, situation, decade, or century,” said Die. “This seminar offers the opportunity to read and reflect on the writings of current and historical leaders and scholars and to bring those leadership lessons into the present to provide guidance and counsel.”

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