President's Leadership Academy

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2017-18 Cohort 

In 2017 we launched the President's Leadership Academy an interactive and reflective development experience for leaders in all roles and at all levels at Fresno State.

The 2019-20 application period is now closed and the cohort has been selected. 


Application Form

  • Applications are closed. We are collecting manager/supervisor/chair letters of support through Friday, March 1.

Timeline | Year-at-a-Glance

Application Deadline: February 26, 2019

Cohort will be notified: April 1, 2019 (letters will be been sent to all applicants via campus mail) 

Leadership Academy timeline: 
May 6, 2019 -  May 8, 2020 

Please visit our Year at a glance for the complete calendar of events and activities.

It is important that participants fully commit to the program. Missing more than 2 full cohort sessions will result in participants being dropped.  

Eligibility: Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

  • Willingness to stretch and grow
  • Positioned to assume increasing leadership responsibility in existing or future role
  • Respectful of our diverse community
  • Willing and able to attend all sessions and participate fully
  • Deliberately diverse blend of academic and administrative leaders from across the university
  • Support from Dean/VP/Manager/Department Chair
  • Minimum one (1) year as full-time Faculty, Staff or Administrator at Fresno State
    (as of February 1, 2019)


To engage Fresno State leaders and emerging leaders in an interactive and reflective development experience that supports strategic priority #2.


  • To strengthen the culture of leadership at Fresno State.
  • To create a community of leaders who will help advance Fresno.  State’s mission to boldly educate and empower students for success.
  • To develop bench strength/a pipeline of leaders.
  • To enhance the capacity and capabilities of leaders by introducing leadership concepts, competencies and tools.

Guiding Principles

  • Leadership exists throughout the university at all levels in all areas.
  • Our focus is on everyday leadership (leading from where you are)
    • how we influence and empower others
    • Leadership Development is a continuum (embed into culture)
    • Mission and values focused
      • Diversity and inclusion
      • Boldness - participants given creative space to be bold
    • Supporting a culture of service and appreciation
    • Strong Relational component  - create and support trust, confidentiality, and safety among cohort 

Effective Leaders at Fresno State

  • Lead with authenticity, passion, energy, and engagement.
  • Build and nurture great teams.
  • Create and support an open and inclusive environment.
  • Serve with fearless courage, unwavering integrity, and relentless  focus on supporting the Greater Good

Program Structure

Learning has been designed to occur on multiple levels:

Full cohort – up to 25 participants

  • Monthly ½ day – full day cohort gatherings over 12 months 
    (Friday mornings 8 – 1 pm; lunch served)
  • Deliberately diverse representation from across divisions/schools/colleges
  • Emphasis on learning experiences that build on and are different from standard manager skill-building workshops
  • Competencies aligned with performance metrics
  • Programming will blend a practical understanding of:
    • university as a system (organizational structure/ field visits)
    • management skillset and leadership behaviors
    • personal development (resume, interviewing, developing a personal brand)

Small groups

  • Case study discussions
  • Discussions of complex and challenging landscape in higher education


  • Multi-rater feedback, pre and post
  • Blend of in-person and online learning
  • Development of individualized goals based on assessment results
  • A la carte skill-building workshops available in person and online to support identified areas of development
  • Emphasis on reflection and accountability with participants applying principles with reflection/reporting back on learnings 
  • Participants asked to demonstrate leadership skills learned 
  • Ongoing communication with the participant’s manager
  • Post-program follow up and ongoing learning and networking for program alumni
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet diverse and unique needs of the cohort

Participants will receive a certificate at end of the program.

Assessment and Evaluation

  • Pre-and post multi-rater feedback
  • Qualtrics surveys of program components conducted monthly
  • Program evaluation completed annually on program effectiveness and results achieved
  • Retention/Promotions
  • Workplace Quality Survey

Additional Information | Contact

In January 2016, a Taskforce of academic and administrative leaders was convened to assess current leadership programming at Fresno State and recommend the conceptual, strategic and operational design for a new program. Their work has resulted in the President's Leadership Academy. The inaugural cohort ran from January 2017 - December 2018. 

For more information please contact:

Kathleen Scott
Director Organizational Excellence 


Rudy Sanchez
Interim Associate Vice President, Academic and Institutional Effectiveness