Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership

The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership is a national professional development activity, sponsored by the Presidents’ Round Table of African – American CEOs of Community Colleges. The Institute provides a personal and professional development experience for selected individuals who have demonstrated a potential for expanded leadership roles in their current or future responsibilities within community colleges. Participants develop and strengthen leadership competencies through participation in the Institute. Upon completion of the Institute, each mentee is given the option of being assigned to a mentor to explore more in – depth analyses of individual leadership skills. Participants should be at key transitional points in their careers. Experienced and renowned CEOs serve as the Institute’s faculty. The Institute’s focus is to transform good administrators into extraordinary leaders.

Lakin 2016 Brochure

Who is Right for the Institute?

Created for community college administrators with approximately five years of senior – level work experience, the Institute serves individuals with excellent prospects to serve in chief executive leadership positions across the United States and internationally. Participants represent diverse senior – level administrative functions at community colleges. Applicants should report to a vice president, provost, president, or chancellor. Those who attend have the goal of assuming the position of CEO.

Investment in the Future

By helping participants develop a broader vision for professional and personal success, the Institute will groom the next generation of executive leaders to serve in community colleges.

Institute Curriculum

The Institute offers an integrated set of interactive workshops (week – long) and individual (mentoring) components.

The Lakin Institute

The Lakin Institute is heavily participation – oriented with an emphasis on skill building and collaborative learning. Each mentee is expected to participate in a week – long intensive program of study, which has a strong leadership component encouraging participants to immediately apply knowledge, principles, and skills acquired or enhanced through the program. The Institute is held annually and hosted by a community college that is a member institution of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Accreditation
  • Building a Culture of Commitment
  • Building Partnerships (Internal and External)
  • Finances
  • Institutional Leadership/Effectiveness
  • Leadership and Diversity
  • Leading in Stressful Times
  • Presidential Search and Interview Process
  • Board Relations
  • Fundraising

The Mentor’s Role

The role of the mentor is to serve as a guide, role model, colleague, and expert to the mentee. The role will vary depending upon the mentee’s needs. The mentor exposes the mentee to new and complex administrative tasks and processes, teaches the mentee how to learn new administrative skills on one’s own campus, and introduces the mentee to higher – level management systems and practices. Additionally, the mentors frequently give advice to mentees in the preparation of application materials and interviews for community college senior administrative positions.

Mentees and mentors develop an excellent, caring network of highly competent professional colleagues across the U.S. Such relationships tend to be long – lasting throughout the mentee’s professional career.

Qualifications for Consideration

Participation in the Institute is limited. Applicants must meet the following criteria and send completed materials by August 1, 2016:

  • Application and agreement form
  • Resume (not to exceed five pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from college president)
  • Advanced academic degree (M.A./M.S./MBA/Ph.D./Ed.D.)
  • Achievement of senior – level administrative position
  • Breadth of management experience (track record in motivating/leading others)
  • Experience in assuming leadership initiatives
  • Proven leadership experience
  • Advocacy experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Involvement with community
  • Strength of reference letters

The applicant, supervisor, and college president will receive notification by August 15 regarding the applicant’s acceptance into the Lakin Institute. If accepted, a formal letter of acceptance and an invoice for the non – refundable fee of $1,700 will be sent directly to the applicant. Payment must be received no later than September 30.

Institute Dates

October 23-28, 2016.  Participants arrive before 3 p.m. on Sunday and check out of hotel on Friday afternoon.

Costs

(subject to change)

Early

Materials submitted by May 15. $1,800 (includes $100 nonrefundable application fee that must accompany your submission)— Covers tuition, case materials, and two meals per day.

Accepted candidates are responsible for their hotel, transportation, and additional meals not covered by the Institute. The applicant, supervisor, and college president will receive notification by

June 1 regarding the applicant’s acceptance into the Lakin Institute. If accepted, a formal letter and an invoice for the nonrefundable balance of $1,700 will be sent directly to the applicant.

Payment must be received no later than July 15.

Late

Materials submitted May 16- August 1: $2,000 (includes $200 nonrefundable application fee that must accompany your submission)— Covers tuition, case materials, and two meals per day.

Accepted candidates are responsible for their hotel, transportation, and additional meals not covered by the Institute. The applicant, supervisor, and college president will receive notification by

August 15 regarding the applicant’s acceptance into the Lakin Institute. If accepted, a formal letter and an invoice for the nonrefundable balance of $1,800 will be sent directly to the applicant.

Payment must be received no later than September 1.

Accommodations

The 2016 Lakin Institute is hosted by the Minnesota State College and University System.  Hotel information will be posted at www.theprt.org and provided to selected participants.

Return the completed application, agreement form, and other required materials by May 15 (early rate) or by August 1 (late rate):

Dr. Kirk A Nooks
President
Metropolitan Community College – Longview
500 SW Longview Rd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
lakininstitute@gmail.com
816-604-2044

How do I apply to become a Lakin Mentee?

Review the Lakin Institute materials, application, and agreement form with your supervisor and your college president.

Lakin Fellow Application