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Program Overview

NACUBO is pleased to announce the creation of the Emerging Leaders Program, a yearlong online leadership development experience for high-potential finance and business staff at colleges and universities.

The new program seeks to advance the careers of mid-level managers by—

  • Enhancing participants' personal leadership skills for their current roles and future opportunities
  • Helping participants examine the workings and impact of the higher education business office and cross-campus relationships
  • Giving participants a better understanding of the present state and possible futures of higher education
  • Broadening participants' networks


The NACUBO Emerging Leaders Program is generously supported by:



Who Should Apply

The Emerging Leaders Program is a comprehensive leadership development program for finance and business professionals from NACUBO member colleges and universities. Ideal candidates are mid-level managers two or three roles away from senior leadership positions. Applicants should be identified as professionals who demonstrate a strong desire to remain in higher education finance and administration and have high potential for career advancement.

NACUBO embraces principles and practices that acknowledge value in diversity of race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, culture, national origin, physical and mental ability, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us unique. NACUBO seeks and strongly encourages candidates from under-represented identity groups in higher education leadership (i.e., women, people of color, LGBTQIA+) to apply for the Emerging Leaders Program.

The program represents a substantial investment in the personal and professional development of participants. Applicants for the program should commit to the following:

  • Attend and fully participate in the sessions outlined in the schedule
  • Complete the pre-work and intersession work and attend small group meetings
  • Apply the learning in current position on campus

Read the press release announcing the participants in the 2021-22 Emerging Leaders Program.



Beginning with a program orientation for participants and their managers in May 2021, the Emerging Leaders Program will include multiple training sessions with the full cohort of participants, meetings of small groups, and individual activities and assignments. The Emerging Leaders Program will conclude in May 2022.

For additional details, including session descriptions, view the yearlong program schedule.

Date Session
May 11 or 12, 2021 Orientation for Selected Participants' Managers
May 13 or 14, 2021 Orientation for Selected Participants
June 15, 2021 Introductions and the Current State of Higher Education
June 22, 2021 Foundations of Leadership
July 27-30, 2021 NACUBO 2021 Annual Meeting
September 9, 2021 Social Styles - Part I
September 30, 2021 The Impactful Business Officer
November 4, 2021 Social Styles - Part II
December 2, 2021 Understanding Higher Education Business Models
January 13, 2022 The Five Practices of Leadership - Part I
January 27, 2022 The Five Practices of Leadership - Part II
February 10, 2022 Leadership Communications
February 24, 2022 Communicating Financial Information Effectively
March 10, 2022 Building Your Brand
March 24, 2022 Telling Your Career Story
April 7, 2022 Sustaining Professional Growth
May 12, 2022 Lessons Learned and the Future of Leadership



NACUBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Participants in the Emerging Leaders Program may earn up to an estimated 28 CPE credits in categories including Communications and Marketing, Personal Development, and Specialized Knowledge if they participate in all program components. (The estimated CPEs do not include those earned for participating in the NACUBO 2021 Annual Meeting.) No prerequisites and/or advance preparation are required, aside from the application process. The program is targeted to the intermediate course level.


Program Fee

The Emerging Leaders Program fee of $1,995 includes registration for a minimum of 14 online cohort convenings. Leadership assessments, course materials, and distance learning support are also included. Participants will receive certificates of completion at the conclusion of the program. Participants will also receive complimentary registration for the NACUBO 2021 Annual Meeting (July 27-30).

If selected for the NACUBO Emerging Leaders Program, the full program fee of $1,995 is due by May 31, 2021.

A limited number of partial scholarships (up to $1,000) will be available to applicants from under-resourced institutions who would otherwise not be able to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program. The selection of recipients is at NACUBO's discretion and subject to available funding, and preference for the scholarships will be given to applicants from under-represented identity groups in higher education leadership (i.e., women, people of color, LGBTQIA+), historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), community colleges, tribal colleges and universities, and/or institutions serving a significant percentage of Pell-eligible students. Applicants will indicate their interest and eligibility for the scholarship support when completing the application for the program.


Application Process

The application process for the 2021-22 Emerging Leaders Program has closed. Application materials included—

  • Resume/CV
  • Career goals for the next three years (350 words or less)
  • What the applicant hopes to gain from the Emerging Leaders Program (350 words or less)

The application process for the 2022-23 Emerging Leaders Program will open in Spring 2022.


Meet NACUBO's Emerging Leaders

Read the press release announcing the participants in the 2021-22 Emerging Leaders Program.


Elizabeth LaRocca

Senior Director, Leadership Development



Randy Roberson

Vice President, Leadership Development


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