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TICUA recognizes the essential role advancing leaders play within their own institutions and their potential as future senior leaders in an ever-changing higher education environment.

The Advancing Leaders workshop provides aspiring leaders with three to five years of work experience, an opportunity to evaluate their own skills, gifts, and calling against the primary leadership needs of private higher education in Tennessee.

During the early spring of each year, TICUA member campuses select two Advancing Leaders to participate in the two-day workshop, which happens over the summer each year. Since launching in 2015, around 200 people have participated in the annual leadership training.



“The workshop enhanced my understanding of the political landscape of today’s issues in higher education, reaffirmed my appreciation for the liberal arts education, reinforced my belief that good leadership relies on a collaborative culture, and enhanced my personal self-esteem and institutional self- esteem.” — Advancing Leaders Participant


A list of past participants can be found in the Presidents Group under Resources.  



Developed in partnership with experts at higher education consulting firm Credo, the two-day intensive workshop provides next-generation leaders with the opportunity to better understand:

  • What is the state and national policy context for private higher education?

  • How do campus partnerships position higher education institutions to survive?

  • What are the drivers for institutional health?

  • From where do leaders come?

  • What are the challenges leaders face?

  • Why become a higher education leader in a time of struggle for the field?

  • What steps can be taken to prepare for a leadership role?

At the conclusion of each workshop, participants build a personalized roadmap to apply what they have learned into their role and institution and prepare for an expanded leadership role.