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Program Overview

The NACUBO Emerging Leaders Program is a leadership development experience for high-potential finance and business staff at NACUBO-member colleges and universities.

The 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:



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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, both online and in person, outlined in the schedule
  • Complete the pre-work and intersession work and attend small group meetings
  • Apply the learning in current position on campus

Applications for the 2023–24 cohort have closed. The next application cycle will begin in April 2024.


Beginning with a program orientation for participants and their managers in September 2023, 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 April 2024.

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

Date Session
September 6 or 7, 2023       Orientation for Selected Participants' Managers
September 13 or 14, 2023      Orientation for Selected Participants
September 28, 2023 Introductions and the Current State of Higher Education
October 11-13, 2023
(In person, Chicago, IL)

Foundations of Leadership
Social Styles

October 19, 2023 The Impactful Business Officer
November 2, 2023 Understanding Higher Education Business Models
November 16, 2023 The Five Practices of Leadership - Part I
November 30, 2023 The Five Practices of Leadership - Part II
January 18, 2024 Leadership Communications
February 1, 2024 Communicating Financial Information Effectively
February 15, 2024 Building Your Brand
February 29, 2024 Telling Your Career Story
March 14, 2024 Sustaining Professional Growth
March 28, 2024 TBA
April 18, 2024 Lessons Learned and the Future of Leadership


CPE Credits

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 35 CPE credits in categories including Communications and Marketing, Personal Development, and Specialized Knowledge if they participate in all program components. 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 $2,495 includes registration for a minimum of 11 online cohort convenings and an in-person gathering October 11-13, 2023 (Chicago, IL). Leadership assessments, course materials, and distance learning support are also included. Participants will receive certificates of completion at the conclusion of the program.

If selected for the 2023–24 NACUBO Emerging Leaders Program, the full program fee of $2,495 is due by July 21, 2023.

In addition to the program fee, participants are responsible for transportation costs to and from the October 11-13, 2023, meeting (Chicago, IL). Hotel rooms on October 11 and 12 and meals during the program are included in the Emerging Leaders Program fee.

A limited number of partial scholarships 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

Applications for the 2023–24 cohort have closed. The next application cycle will begin in April 2024.

Applicants should prepare the following supplemental materials to upload as PDFs to complete the application:

  • Resume
  • Brief Statement: What are your career goals for the next three years? (350 words or less)
  • Brief Statement: What do you hope to gain from the Emerging Leaders Program? (350 words or less)


Christine Simone

Director, Leadership Development


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