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 ensure 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 to enhance their leadership skills and provide opportunities for professional and personal growth.


Hosted by:
CT State Community College

October 13 – 19, 2024

Target Audience

The targeted audience for the institute includes deans, faculty, supervisors, and others in community college administrative/leadership positions. Participants may include a limited number of individuals transitioning into community college careers.


Distinguished community college leaders facilitate all sessions. 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 Institue 

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.

The application opens on May 15, 2024, and closes on August 15, 2024. The selection committee reviews applications in the order received.

You will receive notification 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.

Institute Details


The institute will take place in Hartford, Connecticut from Sunday, October 13, 2024, at 4:00 pm to Friday, October 18, 2024, at 10:00 pm.

LDI is a week-long immersive experience, participants must remain available for all leadership activities, including most evenings. The institute uses an interactive approach utilizing facilitated dialogue focused on leadership,
ethics, diversity and inclusiveness, global awareness, technology, and institutional change and development. Additionally, all sessions are deliberate and purposefully designed 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 are responsible for the costs of transportation, hotel, and other meal expenses. All sessions occur at the hotel venue to reduce the costs to participants.


The American Association of Community Colleges’ Competencies for Community College Leaders (Fourth Edition, 2023) provides the framework for the Institute curriculum.


NCBAA encourages opportunities for scholarly research.
Citations for research on leadership preparation published by previous LDI Scholars are available below.

  • 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



Potential Scholars, who are currently employed by a community college are welcome to apply for one of the scholarships offered through NCBAA. The Mary E. Coleman Scholarship and the Dr. Marian C. Shivers Leadership Scholarship will fully cover the cost of registration for the 2024 Leadership Development Institute ($2,000). Scholarships do not cover other expenses such as travel, lodging, and food.

Persons interested in applying for either scholarship must adhere to the timelines for submission. The deadline for submitting a scholarship application is Thursday, August 15, 2024. The committee will announce awards on or before Tuesday, August 20, 2024. Awards are contingent upon your acceptance into the Institute. Therefore, your application to attend must also arrive on or before Thursday, August 15, 2024

Be mindful that a scholarship application is not a substitute for the timely submission of the LDI registration packet and payment.

The criteria for each scholarship are:

Dr. Marian Shivers

Dr. Marian C. Shivers (1943 – 2019) co-founded the NCBAA Leadership Development Institute in 2002 and served as its Dean for seventeen years. Dr. Shivers is best known for her tenacious commitment to the mission of cultivating African-American leaders. Among the honors and awards in her name, the LDI class of 2007 established this scholarship to honor Dr. Shivers. The ideal candidate:

  • is currently employed at a community college with six or more years of progressive advancement toward leadership positions in community college, and
  • is knowledgeable about the community college mission and the students it serves, and
  • provides evidence of exemplary service in the community college setting, and
  •  would benefit from financial assistance.

Mary Coleman

Mary E. Coleman is a long-standing member of the Executive Board of the National Council of Black American Affairs. Mary E. Coleman began her ascension in higher education by leveraging her years of exemplary service as an executive in the corporate sector. The Mary E. Coleman scholarship is for people pursuing executive-level leadership positions having begun their higher education in areas other than academic affairs or student services. The ideal candidate:

  • is currently employed at a community college, and
  • has three to five years of progressive advancement toward leadership positions in areas other than student affairs or academic affairs
  • provides evidence of exemplary service in the community college setting, and
  • would benefit from financial assistance.