UB Academy for Higher Education Leadership

Leadership Workshop.

Holiday Valley Resort & Conference Center

UB Academy for Higher Education Leadership: In collaboration with the SUNY Department Chair Summit

The 2021 UB Academy for Higher Education Leadership Retreat is scheduled for August 8 - 10 at Holiday Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicottville, New York with lodging at The Inn at Holiday Valley.

The UB Academy for Higher Education Leadership is presented by the University at Buffalo's Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and the School of Management's Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness.

While this immersive two-day program was originally conceived as training for department chairs, arguably the most demanding leadership position within higher education, it is evolving to include a wider community of faculty and administrative leadership. 

As a leader in higher education, you know how demanding your role can be.  At the UB Academy for Higher Education Leadership, you'll build the skills you need to meet your daily responsibilities and enhance your leadership potential in a focused, two-day workshop with key peers. 

For additional information, contact Patti Napoli at 716-645-3594 or pnapoli@buffalo.edu.

Who Should Attend

  • Academic Leaders
  • Department Chairs
  • Associate Deans
  • Program Directors

You'll Learn To:

  • Identify current challenges in higher education leadership
  • Understand the leadership role of the department chair
  • Recognize leadership styles, strengths and development opportunities
  • Envision the future through strategic and design thinking
  • Lead change and avoid derailment
  • Understand the dean's perspective
  • Build a high-functioning department
  • Manage performance
  • Harness the keys to effective teamwork and collaboration
  • Communicate effectively
  • Mange conflict
  • Promote and achieve diversity

What Former Participants Have Said:

  • “As a vice-chair, I found great value in this retreat. It equipped me with a variety of tools that will help me as a Chair in the future, provided insight into how to effectively communicate with Deans, and helped me develop a network of leaders across the University. If I had to do it again, I would.”
  • "The Chairs Retreat is a great opportunity to network within a key peer group.  The issues covered during the main event and the follow-up sessions are critical to our mutual success as organizational leaders."
  • “Prior to registering for the two day Academic Leadership, I was wondering if this would be a good use of my time.  It seemed like a very large time commitment and given other demands I must admit I was hesitant.  However, after attending, I can firmly state that this was in fact an excellent use of my time.  The training was extremely well thought out and employed a variety of learning experiences.  The course materials continue to serve as an excellent resource to me.  The small group size was also beneficial as we received a lot personalized attention.  I would highly recommend this training for new department chairs.” 

Photo Gallery - 2019 UB Academy for Higher Education Leadership - Ellicottville, NY