EAB New Executive Intensives

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EAB's New Executive Intensives support incoming education leaders in making a successful transition into office and quickly understanding the key opportunities and challenges ahead

Stepping into a new role is a professional challenge under normal circumstances. Add to that the myriad considerations that come with the past couple of years (COVID-19 disruptions, faculty and staff burnout, and increasing financial pressures), and the transition can be particularly daunting. EAB is pleased to host our New Executive Intensives, designed to support successful leadership transitions across higher education. The first series for presidents and provosts was held in the summer of 2020 and expanded to support additional institutional leaders in 2021. To date, more than 300 executives have participated.

The New Executive Intensives is a series of weekly virtual sessions focusing on key priorities contextualized by EAB’s deep research and data with separate tracks for presidents, provosts and VPEMs. The discussions are facilitated by EAB subject matter experts and thought-leaders and include special guest speakers, such as current and past industry leaders.

Who is eligible to participate?

Participants should be entering or recently entered their first appointment of the following roles:

  • President
  • Provost
  • Vice President of Enrollment

Participants should expect to dedicate approximately two hours per week during the six-week intensive.

Sample session topics

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Strategy and Leadership in a Post-COVID World

  • Why strategic planning rarely equals strategy
  • What it means to lead through and beyond a crisis
  • Real-life leadership lessons from peers

Evaluating Your Team

  • How will organizational structure and campus culture help or hinder your efforts?
  • Promoting a culture of expectations, responsibility, and accountability

Higher Education's DEIJ Moment

  • Moving beyond statements to action
  • Galvanizing campus constituencies around the work, not just the aspiration
  • Improving and sustaining faculty diversity

What the Class of 2021 said they most valued about the New Executive Intensives

"The detailed research information provided by EAB hosts and the wealth of knowledge that is shared between the attendees."

"A sense of community, and some new contacts."

"Excellent, thought-provoking presentations with nuggets of great advice, and opportunities for small group discussions have been very helpful."

"Specific examples of current higher ed conundrums and then discussing possible solutions."

"Being new to my role, it's nice to hear what other schools are doing, and see that many are facing similar challenges. Also will help connecting me to colleagues at other schools."

"The clear presentations on issues to think about and the breakout sessions to share institutional experiences."

"Interaction with colleagues who are also new—especially the diverse levels of experience and types of schools."

Presenters and special guests

EAB experts

Chief Partner Officer
Managing Director, Research
Vice President of Consulting Services and Dean of Enrollment Management

Featured past guest speakers

President | Hamline University
President | West Virginia University
President | University of Nevada, Las Vegas
President Emerita | Colgate University, Swarthmore College and University of Denver
Vice President for Enrollment Management | Lynn University
Senior Fellow | Penn GSE and Co-Director of the Penn Project on University Governance
Director of School of Mental Health and Behavioral Services | Methuen Public Schools and Founder and Director | MA Association of School Mental Health Consortium
Former Director of Admissions | Montana State University
Chief Information Officer | Pepperdine University

Interested in participating in a future class?

To learn more about our intensives and when the next cohort begins, contact Omar Wyne at owyne@eab.com.

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