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Oregon Executive Leadership Academy

The Oregon Executive Leadership Academy (OELA) is a year-long cohort program to provide leadership learning, coaching and mentoring to current and up-and-coming senior-level administrators in Oregon community colleges. It will combine face-to-face residential learning with online and campus-based experiences. The academy is led by Lane Community College President Emerita Dr. Mary Spilde. Click here for the 2024 OELA flyer

2024-2025 OELA Dates

Oct. 16-18, 2024  |  in-person (Eugene)

Nov. 5-6, 2024  |  in-person; connects with OCCA Annual Conference (Salishan)

Jan. 15, 2025  |  virtual

Feb. 6-7, 2025  | in-person (Salem)

April 17, 2024  |  virtual

May 7-10, 2025  |  in-person (Portland area)

Ideal For

  • Deans
  • Directors
  • Department Chairs


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in at least mid-level management (or demonstrate other experience that qualifies for your program)
  • Record of successful leadership & management experiences
  • Support from applicant’s president
  • Institutional commitment for time & financial support
  • Participants must commit to attending every session

Academy Topics

Leading From Within:

  • Purpose & Values
  • Emotional Intelligence & Positivity
  • Leadership Plan
  • Management Philosophy

Defining & Building a Culture of Student Success

Orientation to the State of Oregon

Collaborating Around a Common Purpose

Appreciative Inquiry

Leading Change


Facilitating Outcomes-Based Meetings

Work-Life Balance & Resilience

Taking the Next Step:

  • Choosing the Next Position
  • Application Materials
  • Interviewing

Leadership Panels

Participants Will Learn To:

  • Converse knowledgeably on key issues facing community colleges in Oregon;
  • Interact effectively with college leaders, legislators and other state policymakers;
  • Demonstrate an expanded understanding of college operations outside their own area of expertise;
  • Identify leadership qualities and management capacities;
  • Present themselves effectively in application and interview situations; and
  • Lead change.

Additional Details

Non-residential learning will include reading, online discussion, coaching and attendance at select meetings and conferences, including:

  • Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) meeting
  • OCCA Board meeting
  • Local college board meeting
  • Legislative hearing
  • OCCA Annual Conference

Program funded by the Strategic Fund. Travel funded by participant’s college. The program is supported in partnership between the OCCA and the Strategic Fund.

Apply Now!

Applicants should submit:

  • Application Form
  • Personal statement on leadership, which also addresses equity and applicant expectations of program outcomes
  • Letter of support from college president

Submit all application materials by August 16, 2024, to McKenzie Gentry – & Mary Spilde –

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