Carolyn Grubbs Williams Leadership Development Institute

In keeping with its mission, NCBAA presents the 20th Annual Leadership Development Institute for African American Mid-Level 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.

20th Annual Institute

Hosted by:
CT State Community College Captial,
Hartford, Connecticut

October 13 – 19, 2024
Hartford, CT

Target Audience

The targeted audience for the institute includes deans, faculty, supervisors, and others in community college administrative/leadership positions. A limited number of individuals transitioning into the community college system may be accepted.


All sessions are facilitated by distinguished community college leaders. Benefits include networking opportunities with African American leaders and Lakin participants, research opportunities, and complimentary membership to NCBBA and its regional affiliates

Apply for the Institude 

NCBAA will select a group of 25-30 individuals serving in community college administrative and leadership positions to participate in the 2024 Carolyn Grubbs Williams Leadership Development Institute.

Institute applications will be accepted between May 15, 2024 and August 15, 2024.

You will be notified of your acceptance status within 14 days of receipt of a complete application. Registration fees are due 30 days after acceptance.

Please email [email protected] with questions.


The Mary E. Coleman Scholarship and the Dr. Marian C. Shivers Leadership Scholarship ($2,000) will be awarded to participants who are employed in a community college and meet all other requirements as specified on each scholarship application form. Applicants may apply for only one of the scholarships.

Each scholarship will cover the cost of registration for 2024.

The criteria for each scholarship are:

Dr. Marian Shivers

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the community college mission and the students it serves
  • Exemplary service in the community college setting
  • 5-10 years of progressive advancement toward leadership positions in community college
  • The need for financial assistance

Mary Coleman

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the community college mission and the students it serves
  • Exemplary service in the community college setting
  • At least 3 years of progressive advancement toward leadership positions in community college
  • The need for financial assistance

Institute Details


The institute will be held in Hartford, Connecticut from Sunday, October 13, 2023, at 4:00 pm to Friday, October 18, 2023, at 8:00 pm.

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 institute fee is $2,000 for NCBAA Members and $2,500 for non-members.

This fee covers materials, Sunday opening reception, breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, and the evening banquet. Participants must provide own transportation, hotel and other meal expenses. All sessions are held at the hotel venue to reduce cost to participants.


The curriculum is based on the AACC Competencies for Community College Leaders (Fourth Edition, 2023). These competencies include organizational strategy, institutional finance, research, fundraising, resource management, communication, collaboration, and community college advocacy.


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

  • Lemon, N. (2017) Search for a community college president: a single site case study.
  • 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.

Our Commitment

The NCBAA Leadership Institute for African American Midlevel Administrators is committed to:

  • Improving career and professional development opportunities for African-American midlevel administrators in community colleges.
  • Developing collaborative relationships with higher educational entities, nationally and internationally, that share common goals for the professional development and upward mobility of its staff.
  • Networking to maximize the upward mobility of African-Americans in community colleges including administrators, faculty, staff and others transitioning to community colleges.
  • Ensuring the articulation of positions on issues affecting African-Americans in the formulation of policy and decision-making