Saib Othman, associate provost of academic affairs at Marian University, is one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2017–2018 Senior Leadership Academy. Individuals chosen for the yearlong program are administrators in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Othman will participate in an opening seminar in San Antonio, Texas and a closing seminar in Washington, DC. He will also take part in a mentoring program, work with experts and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year. The Academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education. Sixty-one percent of participants in the first Senior Leadership Academy cohort (2010–2011) have advanced in their careers, and 25 percent of participants in the recently completed 2014–2015 cohort already have earned more advanced positions.

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