Oregon Executive Leadership Academy

The Oregon Executive Leadership Academy (OELA) is a year-long cohort program to provide 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. Click here for the OELA flyer.

2021-2022 OELA Dates

Oct. 7-8, 2021  |  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (face-to-face residential)

Nov. 2-3, 2021  |  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (face-to-face residential; connects to OCCA Annual Conference)

Dec. 9, 2021  |  8:30-11:30 a.m. (virtual)

Jan. 13-14, 2022  |  8:30-11:30 a.m. (virtual)

Feb. 24-25, 2022  |  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (face-to-face residential)

March 10, 2022  |  8:30-11:30 a.m. (virtual)

April 7-8, 2022  |  8:30-11:30 a.m. (virtual)

May 12-13, 2022  |  8:30-11:30 a.m. (virtual)

June 22-23, 2022  |  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (face-to-face residential)

Ideal For

  • Deans
  • Directors
  • Department Chairs


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in at least mid-level management
  • Record of successful leadership & management experiences
  • Support from applicant’s president
  • Institutional commitment for time & financial support

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 Common Purposes

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.

Apply Now!

Applicants should submit the following:

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

Submit materials by August 15, 2021, to susan@occa17.com.