Kelting selected for national leadership development program

Apr 16, 2018 | News

Paul Smith’s College is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Kelting is one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2018–2019 Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the year-long program are administrators in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Kelting will participate in an opening seminar in St. Louis, Missouri, November 2–4, 2018, and a closing seminar in Washington, DC, June 20–22, 2019. He also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year.

The Academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education.

“Because the generation of senior leaders now on campus is rapidly approaching retirement, the need for able new leaders is significant,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “Competition for the available places in the program was intense, and the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Kelting has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus.”

Kelting serves as executive director of the Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI), a role he’s held since 2003. The AWI conducts work broadly focused on conserving and protecting natural resources in the Adirondack region, including water quality monitoring and invasive species management.

“While leading the AWI, Dan has remained a high engaged teacher/scholar, focused on how basic research can directly impact public policy,” said Nicholas Hunt-Bull, provost of Paul Smith’s College. “I am particularly proud of the research his team has done on the issue of salt runoff on the quality of our lakes in the Adirondacks. Dan is a leader and a doer—like everyone at Paul Smith’s.”

Sixty-one percent of participants in the first Senior Leadership Academy cohort (2010–2011) have advanced in their careers, and 28 percent of all participants in SLA thus far have earned more advanced positions.

“These indicators suggest that CIC is helping to meet the leadership needs of higher education by offering highly effective leadership development programs for modest fees to member institutions,” Ekman said.

The Academy is co-sponsored by CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), and Academic Search, Inc. Linda M. Bleicken, president of AALI, will direct the program. For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit

Senior Leadership Academy Participants, 2018–2019

Adrian Aldrich
Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs
North Central College (IL)

Alan Alewine
Associate Dean of Curriculum and Professor of Mathematics
McKendree University (IL)

Aimee Badeaux
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (LA)

Paul James Ballard
Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention
St. Norbert College (WI)

Lauren Bergey
Chair, Science Department, Director of Honors Program, and Associate Professor of Biology
Centenary University (NJ)

Natalia F. Blank
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Assessment and Associate Professor of Chemistry
Norwich University (VT)

Gregory LaMont Bosworth
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Jarvis Christian College (TX)

Robin Bowlus
Senior Director of Advancement Operations and Public Relations
Bluffton University (OH)

Duane Coltharp
Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Faculty Development
Trinity University (TX)

Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell
Director of the Teaching Excellence Program and Professor of Psychology
Lewis & Clark College (OR)

John Joseph Dilustro
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Chowan University (NC)

Tracy Dinesen
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Retention
Simpson College (IA)

Derek John Driedger
Dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies and Associate Professor of English
Dakota Wesleyan University (SD)

Cheryl Denise Edelson
Interim Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts
Chaminade University of Honolulu (HI)

Lorna Laney Fink
University Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Lynn University (FL)

James Godo
Assistant Vice President for External Affairs and Special Assistant to the President
North Central College (IL)

Deborah Hokien
Director, PhD Program and Professor of Chemistry
Marywood University (PA)

Joseph Michael Incandela
Associate Dean and Professor of Religious Studies
Saint Mary’s College (IN)

Steven Paul Jacobson
Senior Associate Vice President for Student Life
University of the Pacific (CA)

Andrew B. Jones
Dean of Student Success
Illinois College

Daniel Kelting
Executive Director of Adirondack Watershed Institute and Professor of Environmental Science
Paul Smith’s College (NY)

Deborah Kisatsky
Director of Peace and Conflict Studies and Associate Professor of History
Assumption College (MA)

Kristi Kneas
Dean of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development
Elizabethtown College (PA)

Jeremy Kolwinska
Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
University of Northwestern-St. Paul (MN)

Marcela Kostihova
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Hamline University (MN)

Deborah Lawrence
Dean of Russell Sage College
The Sage Colleges (NY)

Michael Marshall
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services and Interim Dean of Student Services and Campus Life
Clark Atlanta University (GA)

Tracey Dexter Matthews
Dean, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Springfield College (MA)

Steven Michels
Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning
Sacred Heart University (CT)

Mildred A. Mihlon
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assessment
Saint Peter’s University (NJ)

Jonathan Millen
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rider University (NJ)

Jennifer Miller
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Professional and Graduate Studies
Hiram College (OH)

Roman Ortega
Director of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment
Lewis University (IL)

Heather Pieper-Olson
Interim Co-Vice President for Institutional Advancement
College of Saint Benedict (MN)

Rosa Rivera-Hainaj
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)

Juan Armando Rojas
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Spanish
Ohio Wesleyan University

Maynard Schaus
Associate Provost and Professor of Biology
Virginia Wesleyan University

Ashley Schofield
Claflin University (SC)

Brian William Smith
Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science
St. Edward’s University (TX)

Gabrielle St. Leger
Dean of Students
New York Institute of Technology

Michele Starkey
Associate Provost
Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA)

Jamie Thompson
Director of Student Involvement
Trinity University (TX)

Mary Alice Trent
Chair, Division of Modern Language and Literature and Professor of English
Indiana Wesleyan University

Scott Wilson
Associate Dean for Global Citizenship
Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)\Mark

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The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 770 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers in the United States. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) is committed to the broad development and support of leadership in higher education by creating and implementing programs and other forms of assistance that enable academic leaders in various administrative positions to be successful in their roles and to advance to higher positions of responsibility. AALI prepares leaders for private and public higher education through programs operated in partnership with CIC and AASCU. The Becoming a Provost Academy, with AASCU, and the Senior Leadership Academy, with CIC, prepare mid-level administrators for vice presidencies. The Executive Leadership Academy, conducted with both AASCU and CIC, prepares vice presidents for presidencies. AALI is supported by Academic Search, Inc.

Academic Search, Inc. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions and related organizations and is the only search firm in the nation with a formal relationship to a premier leadership development program. Based in Washington, DC, it is the wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). This relationship strengthens the ongoing commitment by Academic Search to leadership development as well as the identification of outstanding candidates for positions. Academic Search provides substantial financial support to CIC’s signature leadership programs, including the Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy, through grants by AALI.



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