Leadership Development Institute for African American Midlevel Administrators In Community Colleges (LDI)


In keeping with its mission, NCBAA presents the Sixteenth Annual Leadership Development Institute for African American Midlevel Administrators. The Institute prepares African Americans in community colleges for leadership roles to insure that the pipeline to executive-level positions is fluid.

NCBAA is committed to delivering an exemplary leadership development program for African Americans in community colleges so as to enhance their leadership skills and provide opportunities for professional and personal growth.



2016 LDI Class


The targeted audience for the institute includes deans, faculty, supervisors, others in community college administrative/leadership positions and individuals transitioning into the community college system.



Information related to the 2018 LDI will be posted in late Spring.

Participants selected for LDI will be completely immersed in leadership activities, including some evenings, for the entire week. An interactive approach will be utilized to facilitate focused dialogue on community college issues pertaining to leadership, ethics, diversity and inclusiveness, global awareness, technology and institutional change and development. Additionally, all sessions are deliberate and purposeful so as to develop and enhance leadership skills for the present and future.



The curriculum is based on the AACC Competencies for Community College Leaders (Second Edition, 2013). These competencies include organizational strategy, institutional finance, research, fundraising, resource management, communication, collaboration, and community college advocacy. Review the AACC Competencies for Community College Leaders (Second Edition) at www.aacc.nche.edu



All sessions are facilitated by distinguished community college leaders. Additionally, networking opportunities with African American leaders and Lakin participants, research opportunities, complimentary membership to NCBAA and its regional affiliates, and membership in the Scholars Alumni Association are provided. Additional benefits of attending this institute are provided by testimonials from the past LDI Scholars.



Research on leadership preparation has been provided by two LDI Scholars as indicated below.  Opportunities for scholarly research are encouraged by NCBAA.

Beatty, K. (2011). Empowering black women to lead: A phenomenological study examining the role of the NCBAA Institute in the development of midlevel community college administrators.

Lemons, K. (2007). Are leadership preparation programs delivering on their promises? An evaluation of a mid-level administrator’s leadership institute.



The institute fee is $1500 which covers materials, Sunday opening reception, breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, and the Thursday evening closing banquet. Participants must provide own transportation, hotel and other meal expenses. All sessions are held at the hotel venue to eliminate cost to participants. However, transportation to any off-site facility will be provided.



Two scholarships are available to support program participation.  The Dr. Marian C. Shivers Leadership Scholarship  ($1000) and the Mary E. Coleman Scholarship ($1500) will be awarded to participants who are employed in a community college and meet all other requirements as specified on the scholarship application form referenced below.   Applications for the scholarships will be accepted from May 10 – September 8.




Applications for the 2018 institute will be accepted from May 10, – September 29.  Applicants should submit application packets as early as possible since only 25-30 participants will be accepted.



Dr. Marian C. Shivers, Dean
Leadership Development Institute

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