Navigating Senior Leadership Transitions in Higher Education

Last updated July 22, 2020

Navigating Senior Leadership Transitions in Higher Education

Last updated July 22, 2020

Step into your next senior leadership role with ease and confidence.


Some senior leaders starting a new position may still imagine they will be granted an informal “honeymoon” period with the time and space to acclimate to their new responsibilities, conduct a “listening tour” before making any big decisions, and build relationships.

The reality, however, is starkly different. In today’s world of higher education, senior leaders need to assess their new situation with speed and precision and immediately respond to acute challenges requiring quick and decisive attention.

When transitioning to a new senior leadership position, it is all too easy to overlook key considerations related to both people and the process. Join us online for a unique two-part webcast series designed to help senior leaders address the demands of their new position. Our expert speakers will help you uncover crucial considerations in two important domains: people and processes. You will leave these webcasts feeling more confident to embark on your transition with intention and make quick, mindful, and sound decisions.

Who should attend?

The webcast will offer proven practices for both academic and administrative leaders at the Dean or Vice President level.


This two-part webcast series will take place over two consecutive Fridays.

People: Assessing and Managing Your Most Important Relationships
September 18, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern

In this first session, our instructors will present and discuss the following considerations:

  • Navigating trust and relationships, both internally and externally
  • Setting boundaries
  • Identifying skills and competencies while building a team
  • Learning the politics and agendas at play
  • Uncovering the gossip, campus lore, and misinformation that influence progress
  • Navigating the political landscape and power dynamics, including inherited issues

Process: Diagnosing and Prioritizing Decisions
September 25, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern

In the second session, our instructors will dive deeper into the following discussion points:

  • Updating communication strategies, including crisis management plans and transparency
  • Creating or reinforcing a culture of data-supported decision making
  • Examining shared governance
  • Assessing academic and operational processes, including accreditation issues
  • Budgeting and resource allocation
  • Reviewing key policies
  • Setting the stage for your legacy