Advanced Leader Program

Registration for 2025 will open in fall 2024.


The University of Georgia piloted the Advanced Leader Program (ALP) in 2023 and a second cohort program is underway in 2024. 

The program focuses on four leadership competencies: personal mastery, interpersonal communication, team management, and systems thinking.1 During this year, participants will engage in a leadership project of their choosing. Cohort meetings will afford opportunities to learn from senior administrators, experts in leadership development, and peers. Further, the Fellows will build relationships across the university to strengthen mentoring and coaching among leaders. 


The program operates on the calendar year with a kickoff in January and a final celebration the following January at the kickoff of next cohort. This overlap will bring cohorts together.

Spring: Attendance at four cohort program half-day day retreats with invited speakers. The dates below will take place at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.
Dates for the CY 2024 cohort: 

      • Wednesday, January 17, 2024
      • Wednesday, February 7, 2024
      • Wednesday, March 13, 2024
      • Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Summer: Participants may attend two (optional) summer group coaching sessions (90-minutes) to augment work on leadership development plans, leadership projects, and shared goals. Dates for summer sessions will be chosen by the cohort during spring.

Fall: Participants will attend four sessions. These include two 2-hour workshops led by a leadership expert and two 90-minute structured group coaching sessions. Dates for fall sessions will be chosen by the cohort during spring.

Selection Process

Participants will be UGA faculty holding an administrative position at the level of department head, director, assistant or associate dean, assistant vice president or above. Faculty leaders who have held a titled leadership role for 1 or more years may apply for this cohort program. Nominees are expected to possess leadership experience with a record of achievement, along with an interest in administrative service. 

Nomination Packet

Nomination packets must include the following documents (to be uploaded by Monday, November 16, 2023, in the online application):

  1. A brief letter of support from a unit head, dean, or senior administrator in support of the application (1-2 pages, address letter to Associate Provost Elizabeth Weeks, 215 New College, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602).
  2. A statement of interest (1-2 pages) from the nominee that outlines the nominee’s 1) experience in academic governance or administration to date; 2) aspirations for future administrative service; and, 3) idea for a leadership project that may be completed in 3-4 months and would contribute to current responsibilities and advance leadership knowledge and skills.
  3. Current curriculum vitae.

2024 Fellows

  • Duc Do, College of Pharmacy
  • Lucy Ingram, College of Public Health
  • Hilda Kurtz, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Orion Mowbray, School of Social Work
  • Allison Nealy, Mary Frances Early College of Education
  • Peter O'Connell, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michael Toews, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

2023 Fellows

  • Robert Bringolf, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
  • John Drake, Odum School of Ecology
  • Adam Goodie, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Philip Hong, School of Social Work
  • Amanda Murdie, School of Public & International Affairs
  • Pejman Rohani, Odum School of Ecology


If you have questions, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs,

1 This framework derives from C. Clinton Sidle's Empowered: Leadership Development for Higher Education.