SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellowship

The University of Georgia’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellowship allows faculty to gain valuable knowledge and experience in academic leadership. The program is part of a broader initiative involving the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, known as the Academic Leadership Development Program. The mission of the SEC ALDP is “to identify, develop, prepare, and advance faculty and early career administrators from within the Southeastern Conference universities.”

The goal of UGA’s ALDP is to expose faculty interested in administration to the challenges and rewards of such institutional service and to prepare them for potential leadership positions within the academy. Among UGA’s various leadership development opportunities for faculty, this program is the most externally focused, offering in-depth looks at two SEC schools’ operations. Whether a Fellow ultimately chooses to pursue an administrative position in the future, the program will, at a minimum, provide participants with a better understanding of university operations and leadership.

For a comprehensive list of UGA SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows, visit this webpage.

2023-2024 Fellows

Sonia Altizer

Sonia Altizer
Martha Odum Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Odum School of Ecology

Brandy Burgess

Brandy Burgess
Interim Assistant Dean for Clinical Services and Director of Biosecurity and Infection Control, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

Martin Kagel

Martin Kagel
A.G. Steer Professor and Associate Provost for Global Engagement

Paula Lemons

Paula Lemons
Associate Dean and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences


Fellowship Year

Up to four outstanding individuals are selected each academic year to serve as UGA ALDP Fellows. During the fellowship year, they gather at monthly intervals to meet with senior campus leaders and participate in leadership development activities tailored to the cohort’s interests. In addition, Fellows attend two SEC ALDP Workshops hosted by different SEC schools in October and in February. These workshops follow a format designed to maximize interaction among the Fellows and address varied topics, such as conflict resolution, instructional initiatives, operations, budgeting, emergency preparedness, accreditation, and accountability. Case studies, group discussions, and other group exercises are incorporated into the workshops.

Selection Process

Individuals interested in participating in the SEC ALDP should consult with the appropriate senior administrator in your school, college, or unit regarding nominations.

Senior administrators and deans of all schools and colleges are invited to nominate one individual each year for an ALDP Fellowship, with the exception of the colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Education and Veterinary Medicine, which each may forward two nominations, and the Franklin College, which may forward one nomination from each of its five divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must be a tenured faculty member or have a standing appointment as service or administrative faculty. Nominees are expected to possess strong leadership experience, as well as outstanding records of achievement in their current and past positions, along with a sincere interest in administrative service.

Nomination packets must include the following:

  1. A brief cover email from the nominator (senior administrator or designee) transmitting and supporting the nomination;
  2. A personal statement of 1-3 pages from the nominee that outlines 1) the nominee’s interest in the program; 2) the program’s potential impact on the nominee’s professional development at this point in time; and 3) the nominee’s aspirations for future administrative service or interest in exploring this topic (attached);
  3. A curriculum vita (attached).  

Senior administrators or deans should submit nomination packets as a single pdf via email to Ms. Sherri Bennett at The submission deadline for nomination packets for the 2024-2025 cohort is May 8, 2024.

Questions regarding the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program should be directed to Sherri Bennett or Dr. Elizabeth Weeks, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, at