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New Leadership Academy Fellows Program

The New Leadership Academy Fellows Program (NLA) is a partnership between the University of Utah and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). NLA was previously hosted by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good (National Forum) at the University of Michigan. 

New Leadership Academy Fellows attending the 2019 Summer Institute

2019 New Leadership Academy Fellows Program Summer Institute

The New Leadership Academy (NLA) Fellows Program changes the expectations that surround leaders, leadership and leadership development across higher education. The learning strategies informing the program’s curriculum are premised on a recognition that the demographic, democratic, and discursive foundations on which modern higher education has been built are changing. As colleges and universities respond to these environments, leaders will require specialized knowledge and tools, as well as the personal and professional courage to be effective in what are clearly complex and highly contested environments. The NLA curriculum and learning objectives draw upon traditional leadership theory and contemporary scholarship that investigate the roles of leaders under highly contested and complex conditions. Fellows will participate in tailored programs and activities, which include online learning modules and discussions, an interactive case study simulation, written reflections, and coaching sessions throughout the Fellowship.  

Upon completion, NLA Fellows will:

  • Recognize the challenges inherent in meeting the responsibilities associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion as overarching concerns in U.S. colleges and universities.
  • Acquire sophistication in re-envisioning values and institutional imperatives that translate into dynamic, focus-driven strategies for higher education organizations.
  • Gain specialized knowledge and tools necessary to provide highly effective leadership within and outside complex institutional settings.

If you have questions about eligibility, criteria, or other aspects of the application process, please email

2021-2022 Cohort Application

The NLA Fellows Program seeks candidates from diverse professional backgrounds and commits to enhance the fellowship experience through actively integrating diverse perspectives. Individuals who wish to apply for the NLA Fellows Program must demonstrate leadership in higher education and hold an administrative leadership or senior faculty position at their respective institutions or organizations. Applicants from policy-related or philanthropic organizations will also benefit from participation and are encouraged to apply. 

The NLA 2021-2022 Cohort application will be live spring/summer of 2021. To receive notification when the application is available, please submit your contact information via this form.

2019 New Leadership Academy Fellows Program Summer Institute

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