Chancellor’s Leadership Academy

The Chancellor’s Leadership Academy is open to teaching faculty, administrators, and classified staff interested in formal leadership roles in the VCCS.

Chancellor’s Leadership Academy

Colleges will be encouraged to pick high potential candidates regardless of employee classification. The academy will follow the model used by last year’s FALA cohort: 2-day in service in Richmond, 5 webinars, and a group immersion project (with topics picked by the Chancellor) to be presented at New Horizons 2019. This is a year-long commitment.

43 participants will be selected (one from each campus, one from shared services, and two from the system office) each year.


These individuals are believed to:

  • Have high potential


  • Exemplify a commitment to the VCCS core mission


  • Demonstrate leadership skills and strengths beyond their current role


  • Have interest in assuming broader leadership roles in the future


Who May Apply

VCCS classified staff, teaching, professional, and administrative faculty may apply. College employees must be nominated by their college president, Shared Services Center employees must be nominated by the director of the SSC, and VCCS employees must be nominated by their vice chancellor.

What You Will Learn

Building upon your professional experience, you will learn about leadership at Virginia’s Community Colleges, strategic thinking, leading change, conflict management, financing the mission, and exploring leadership styles. In addition, participants will explore real world VCCS challenges through an immersion project.

Your Level of Investment

Academy participants will attend a two day working seminar in Richmond, five monthly webinars, and New Horizons 2019. This is a full year program with tangible “deliverables” and active participation required.

Leadership Commitment

By nominating participants, college presidents, SSC, and VCCS leadership commits to providing participants with the opportunity to attend all CLA meetings and the full New Horizons 2019 conference.


August 20, 2018 – Deadline for college/SSC/VCCS nominations

August 27, 2018 – Deadline for confirmed nominees to register online

September 5, 2018 – Deadline for participants to make hotel reservations


Academy Location

Virginia Community College System
300 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236

Lodging, Meals and Travel Costs

Lodging costs for the September meeting in Richmond will be covered for academy participants whose work locations are more than 50 miles from the in person meetings. Colleges, the SSC, and the VCCS will be responsible for all travel costs and per diem not covered for in person meetings.

Registration (inclusive of conference meals) and lodging for the New Horizons conference will be covered for academy participants. *Lodging for the SSC attendee and VWCC attendee will not be covered given the close proximity to the conference venue. Colleges, the SSC, and the VCCS will be responsible for all travel costs and per diem.

Registration, Lodging, & Meal Information

Information will be provided to confirmed nominees directly.


Program Outline 

Dates Time Location Description
September 20, 2018 10:00 am to 5:00pm Virginia Community College System
300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, VA 23236
Chancellor’s Leadership Academy

September 21, 2018


9:00 am to 2:00 pm Virginia Community College System
300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, VA 23236
Chancellor’s Leadership Academy
October 16, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm Webinar Leader as Communicator
November 13, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm Webinar Conflict Management
January 15, 2019 12:00pm – 1:00pm Webinar Essentials of Change Management
February 12, 2019 12:00pm – 1:00pm Webinar Managing Resistance to Change
March 12, 2019 12:00pm – 1:00pm Webinar New Horizons conference preparation
April 10-12, 2019 Full Conference The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave NW,
Roanoke, VA 24016
New Horizons Conference

Program Description

    CLA Academy

    • Participants will engage in two days of foundational work, including presentations, facilitated discussions, and networking. Formal instructions and guidance will be provided on the VCCS Group Immersion Project due at the conclusion of the academy in April 2019.


    • Participants will attend monthly webinar meetings presented on specific topics in leadership, supporting the progression and completion of immersion projects.  Each webinar meeting will be recorded and available to participants following the webinar.

    Immersion Projects

    • Participants will be divided into immersion groups to address an important topic area facing the VCCS as identified by the chancellor. Groups will submit a final paper on their innovative ideas and recommendations prior to their New Horizons presentation.
      Click here to read
      the 2017 Faculty and Administrators Leadership Academy immersion group papers.

      New Horizons

      • Participants will  present their VCCS Group Immersion Projects at of New Horizons.  Academy participants will have full access to all conference sessions and events.