In 1956, four Tennessee private college presidents met in Chattanooga to consider ways to increase institutional effectiveness through collaboration. The meeting resulted in the founding of the Tennessee Independent College Fund, the precursor to the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA). Building on this history of collaboration, TICUA announced in February 2016, in conjunction with its 60th Anniversary, the launching of the TICUA Leadership Initiatives for campus faculty, staff, and administrators. The Initiative is designed to provide the leadership knowledge and skills necessary to prepare campus officials for leadership roles thereby strengthening the local campus’ leadership team. The TICUA Leadership Initiative is comprised of two primary programs: the Executive Leadership Institute and the Advancing Leaders Summit.
The TICUA Executive Leadership Institute is a leadership development program for senior campus officials seeking to advance to a college or university executive role and more importantly, is designed to strengthen the institution’s senior leadership team. Each sitting TICUA president annually selects an Institute Pressnell Fellow who participates in a year-long program comprised of nine two-day sessions lead by TICUA member presidents acting as Residential Deans. Pressnell Fellows also have the privilege of learning from national, regional, and state educators who serve as Content Faculty for each of the nine sessions.
The TICUA Advancing Leaders Summit targets campus officials having three to five years of experience in a leadership role. The Summit is designed for mid-level leaders seeking to advance to a more senior role within their institution. The Summit provides advancing leaders an opportunity to evaluate their own skills, gifts, and calling against the primary leadership skills needs in today’s private higher education environment. Each sitting TICUA president annually selects two advancing leaders to participate in the Summit. The Advancing Leaders attend a two-day intensive summer workshop and also participate in a follow-up, web based program.