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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 2023 OELA flyer

2023-2024 OELA Dates

Oct. 18-20, 2023  |  in-person (Eugene)

Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2023  |  in-person; connects with OCCA Annual Conference (Sunriver)

Jan. 17, 2024  |  virtual

Feb. 8-9, 2024  | in-person (Salem)

April 12, 2024  |  virtual

May 8-10, 2024  |  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.

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