Planning for a Successful Interim Leadership Role



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Develop a plan to help ensure success in your interim leadership role.


As higher education faces immense change brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent impact on enrollment, budgets, and hiring, an increase in interim leadership positions is becoming the norm.

How might taking on an interim leadership role impact your career? If you do decide to accept an interim position, how can you ensure your tenure is successful—for both the institution and for yourself? Join us for a two-hour virtual training where we will navigate these questions and provide you with a framework to use to plan for success during and after an interim opportunity. Through the lens of the framework, we will:

  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking on a specific interim opportunity—and how to determine if it is the right move in your career
  • Provide you with a way to assess the institutional context and considerations of interim positions
  • Learn key elements to consider—and things to know—before you say “yes” to taking on the role
  • Lay out a clear plan to use once you are in the position to ensure success


Who Should Attend

This training is ideal for individuals who are considering—or who have recently accepted—an interim leadership role at their institution. Those who work closely with such leaders, such as their supervisor or a human resources professional tasked with hiring and onboarding interim leaders, will also benefit from the content shared.

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  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


March 16, 2021

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

During this two-hour virtual training, Dr. Brian Williams, Chief of Staff at Roger Williams University, will lead us as we explore:

PART 1: Institutional Context of Interim Positions

  • Discussion of choices leaders face in creating an interim role 
  • Succession planning models and best practices 
  • Overview of steps schools should consider before creating an interim role 



PART 2: Key Considerations Before Taking on an Interim Position
  • Is this a career risk or opportunity?
  • What should be in place before you say “yes”?
  • When should you raise your hand—and when should you decline?



PART 3: Preparing for a Successful Interim Role
  • Once you accept an interim role, good planning is the key to a successful engagement. The expectations placed on an interim can vary greatly. How can you meet those expectations? What is your next career move after your interim term ends? From setting solid goals and expectations at the outset to devising a realistic transition strategy early on, we will discuss the critical components of a successful interim plan.


Portrait of Brian Williams

Brian G. Williams, D.M.

Chief of Staff, Roger Williams University

Brian became the Chief of Staff at Roger Williams University in Fall 2020 after a year serving as Interim Chief of Staff & Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. He initially joined Roger Williams as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing in 2017. Prior to his work at Roger Williams, he served as Vice President for Enrollment & Institutional Analytics at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and as Dean of Enrollment Services at Providence College.

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