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Summer Leadership/Management Institutes

Selection criteria

Longevity at Kansas State University

Contact with many constituencies across the university

Quality of application

Potential for individual's growth and development

Match of individual's position with program selected

Potential contribution of experience to individual's unit and/or university

New application required each year



September 17, 2018

To:Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and Department Heads
From:Brian Niehoff
Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
Subject:2019 Leadership/Management Institutes

The Office of the Provost invites applications of faculty members or administrators to attend leadership/management development programs during either the summer of 2019 or the 2019-2020 academic year, depending on the program dates.  The level of support provided by the Office of the Provost to a particular nominee will depend both on the number of nominees selected and any additional support that can be provided by the nominee’s unit or college.  Sources of additional funding should be identified and included in the application and will need to be confirmed once a nominee has been selected.  Fees for each program range from approximately $3,000 to $6,000, not including travel.

Opportunities for 2019 are listed below.  It should be noted that all of the following programs require that applicants be officially sponsored by K-State’s Office of the Provost.

  1. Harvard Institute
    • MLE (Institute for Management & Leadership in Education), Harvard University, June 16 – June 28, 2019.

      MLE is designed for skilled, experienced administrators – deans and directors, provosts and vice presidents – who will help their institutions adapt to a changing future. The program is designed to increase one's capacity to lead and manage change; develop effective strategy; and evaluate the impact of new initiatives. Additional information can be found at http://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/program/institute-management-and-leadership-education-mle

    • MDP (Management Development Program), Harvard University, June 2 – June 14, 2019.

      MDP is designed for deans, directors, and other administrators who are good at leading their units – and who want to get even better. The program is designed to help participants gain useful ideas about critical management issues, including budgeting, human resource management, planning, and effective leadership. Additional information can be found at http://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/program/management-development-program-mdp
  2. HERS Institute

    The HERS Institute is a transformational, leadership development program for women* in higher education, founded to fill leadership pipelines across the United States with dynamic women, each capable of ushering their respective institutions into a more inclusive and equitable future.

    Participants are asked to share their vision of leadership and what they hope to contribute to their respective institutions, and are then challenged to develop the skills to actualize their professional vision. As a noncompetitive space, participants are also encouraged to champion the growth of other participants. Alumnae of the HERS Institute emerge better-skilled and more confident in leading with the unique voice, provided a much-needed infusion of bold, new leadership to their respective institutions.

    Over the course of the intense, 12-day residential format, the approximately 60-70 participants, plus faculty, share their knowledge and experiences to support each other's growth. The curriculum covers three areas of focus: Institutional Awareness, Networking and Self-Knowledge. The program culminates with a self-designed leadership project for each participant, in which participants apply the knowledge they've gained to a project to positively impact their respective institutions.

    Upcoming HERS Institute Offerings

    • 2019 HERS Institute at the University of Denver
      Institute Dates: June 17 – 29, 2019 (condensed 12 day format)
      Regular application deadline is January 31, 2019

    • 2019 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College
      Institute Dates: July 8 – 20, 2019 (condensed 12 day format)
      Regular application deadline is January 31, 2019

    • 2019-2020 HERS Institute at Wellesley College
      Institute Dates: Oct. 10 – 12, 2019, Nov. 14 – 16, 2019, Feb. 6 – 8, 2020, March 19-21, 2020 (four weekend format)
      Application opens on Nov. 15, 2018

For more information on these institutes, please visit:  www.hersnetwork.org or call (303) 871-6866


Please post this information and circulate it to members of your department/unit.  We encourage both nominations and individual applications from all university units.  If you have previously applied to attend one of these programs and wish to apply again this year, you will need to submit a new internal application.  A copy of this memo and the selection criteria are available on the Provost’s web site at http://www.k-state.edu/provost/enrichment/leadership/.  A list of past participants in these programs is available at


The deadline for submission of the applications to the Provost’s Office is October 12, and should be submitted electronically in pdf format to Provost’s Office University Awards (provounivawards@ksu.edu).  A small, internal selection committee of faculty and administrators will review the applications and will recommend up to three finalists for the university to endorse for participation in these programs.  The committee will consider such factors as the match of the applicant's position with the program selected; benefits for the applicant's professional development; longevity at K-State; and potential for return contributions to an individual’s unit and to Kansas State University. 

Applications for our internal selection process should contain the following information:

  1. Vita
  2. Cover letter describing professional objectives and a brief assessment of how participation in one of these institutes would help achieve those objectives.
  3. Letter(s) of support from immediate supervisor and dean, where applicable.

Those selected as nominees by the university will be notified as soon as possible after the selection process is completed and will be provided with the formal application materials for the program they wish to attend.  Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into any of the programs.  Applicants will be notified by each program director as to whether they have been accepted to attend.