"The leader of the future must be tireless, inventive, observant, risk-taking, an ever-hopeful builder and enabler of management and leadership teams within the college. If successful, the leader will have constructed teams that carry out the organizations vision, goals and purpose. By working together, these teams will accomplish more than any individual member ever could."

-- Dr. Gary Filan - Chair Academy Founder

What is the Academy?

The Academy is a premier leadership development organization for higher education and organizational leaders globally. Our mission is centered around advancing academic and administrative leadership across all levels of higher education. With a 30-year history offering world-class, competency-based leadership development programs and services, the Academy develops transformational leaders. A key ingredient to our success is the ability to connect and cultivate a leadership community, providing a forum for collaboration, insight, and discovery.

The Academy’s Annual International Leadership Conference offers a forum for continued professional development, interaction, engagement, and networking, while recognizing exemplary leadership and leaders. With cutting-edge and relevant speakers, concurrent, and roundtable sessions, this conference provides practical and informative learning opportunities, experiences, and resources to promote positive change.

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Best professional development experience I have ever been a part of. I fell in love with my job again.

Program Director Victoria Polytechnic, Melbourne, Australia

The depth and breadth of the [Chair Academy’s] Advance Program greatly exceeded my expectations. It was by far the best leadership development program I’ve ever attended.

Department Chair Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona

I had a chance to attend the Foundation Program several years ago. While I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Advance Program, it helped rekindle my interest in being the leader I know I can be.

Program Director Suffolk County Community College, Suffolk, New York

I have been to workshops and left wondering what I really learned, as if to check off a box for my organization.  The Chair Academy Foundation Academy was not like that. I feel energized and inspired.  I have found my voice and feel better prepared with relevant and practical best practices.

Program Director Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

I’ve . . . never had the benefit of any formal leadership training. The Advance Program came along just at the right time to allow me to find and refine my leadership voice . . . I only wish I’d discovered it 10 years ago.

Vice-President Chippewa Valley Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

The best leadership program I have experienced in 20 years. I feel empowered and will aspire to the ideals of good leadership practices. This understanding of authentic and transformative leadership makes for better followers.

DeanBritish Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I have to start by saying that in the past year I feel like I got my life back.  I have had a number of epiphanies, which is good because it makes me feel like I am actually learning and growing. I have very much enjoyed the mentorship portion of this program, as it has been extremely valuable in my professional development.

Associate Dean British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada