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20th Annual LDI Institute 2024 in Hartford, Connecticut

October 13 - October 19

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 Capital
Hartford, Connecticut

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 the community college.


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.


The Mary E. Coleman Scholarship and the Dr. Marian C. Shivers Leadership Scholarship applicants must be 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 NCBAA Member cost of registration for the 2024 Leadership Development Institute ($2,000).

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
  • Six or more 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
  • Three to Five years of progressive advancement toward community college leadership positions in areas other than student affairs and academic affairs
  • The need for financial assistance

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 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


October 13
October 19
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Hartford, Connecticut