Leadership Academy

Date: Official Program Kickoff - September 23-25, 2020

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University - New York, NY

NAGAP is excited to offer graduate enrollment management (GEM) professionals an intensive leadership development experience that includes cohesive, experiential training which integrates GEM-focused education with experience, feedback, and coaching. These elements complement and extend the participants’ learning beyond the facilitated classroom sessions so they can immediately apply lessons learned on their campuses. 2020 application coming soon!

The Leadership Academy Class of 2019!

The inaugural Leadership Academy program kick-off took place October 16-18, 2019 at Teacher’s College in New York City with support from ETS and Liaison.

Inaugural class participants include: Chad Baker, Shanda Brand, Henry Cantu, Lindsey Carbone, Brett DiMarzo, Kelly Doherty, Patrik Donahue, Jay Esposito, Kristine Giffin, AmyBeth Glass, Daniel Goodpaster, Kimberly Hess, Kerri Hiatt, Adam Huang, Aroo Isadas, Jennifer Jones, Erin Kardon, Kathryn Kendall, Elizabeth Kerrick, Jason Millberg, Kurt Mueller, Mary Pascarella, Paige Piontkowsky, Elizabeth Spark, Kelly Sutton-Skinner, Wesley Vaina, Michelle Vakman, Nyasha Williams, Bryan Zerbe

The Leadership Academy is made possible by support from:

The 2020-2021 Leadership Academy brochure will be posted in Spring 2020. 

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 Leadership Academy will be posted soon. 

What You Will Learn
The NAGAP Leadership Academy is a multi-component, six-month program. Two in-person seminars, accompanied by monthly webinars, leadership assessments, and coaching, all culminating with a capstone project, are part of the leadership development journey. The basic program outline and components are summarized below:

Program Layout

This six-month program incorporates the following components:

Learning Sessions - Facilitated seminars are highly experiential sessions that encourage program participants to make the connections between classroom learning and the business context in which they operate. The initial face-to-face meeting will take place in the Fall, at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, New York. The program focuses on exposing participants to contemporary and practical leadership concepts and tools. 

Webinars - NAGAP hosts monthly webinars (for duration of program) to reinforce leadership skills that either introduce concepts related to a classroom session or bring participants together to partner on an exercise related to in-class learning. Sessions are 60-90 minutes and are interactive in nature. 


Communities of Practice - Participants utilize a learning management system to connect outside of class time. The portal allows members to form communities of practice around program topics to they can easily engage with one another to explore ideas and share best practices. 


Assessments & Coaching - Enhancing self-awareness and identifying areas for focused development are paramount to leadership development. NAGAP provides the feedback attendees need to help them grow as leaders. Participants have access to leadership coaches to help them explore development areas and set targeted goals. 


Capstone Project - Leadership requires action. This project-based work gives participants the opportunity to move beyond learning about leadership to applying what they have learned to a challenge or opportunity on their campuses. 


Application Process & Program Fee

The Leadership Academy application final deadline for the 2020-2021 Leadership Academy will be posted soon. 

Cost for the six-month program: $3,500 for NAGAP members; $4,500 for non-NAGAP members

  • If there are multiple applicants from the same institution who plan to participate, contact NAGAP for additional pricing information. 

Travel and lodging responsibility of participant.

In order to participate, potential candidates will complete an application that includes several career-related questions, a recommendation (submitted electronically), and current CV/résumé. Once approved, participants will be asked to submit a non-refundable deposit ($875 or $1,125) to secure their spot, with the remaining balance due prior to the start of the Fall 2020 seminar.

Non-Refundable Deposit Due: Date TBD ($875 for members, $1,125 for non-members)

Full Payment Due: No later than September 1, 2020.

See our FAQs page for more payment details. 


Information coming soon. 

Lodging for Fall 2020 Seminar

The 2020 Leadership Academy Seminar is scheduled for September 23-25, 2020, and it will take place at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, New York. Teachers College offers several preferred hotels and as well as on-campus options. This website provides details regarding on-campus housing and hotel options, parking, and nearby restaurants. For hotel reservations, contact the individual listed at the hotel, include your arrival/departure dates, and request the Teachers College hotel rate.