Leadership Academy

“Our goal is to prepare the next generation of the most talented business and finance administrative leaders with the strategic skills necessary to support the University of Michigan in maintaining its competitive position now and in the future.”

Academy Grooms U-M’s Future Leaders
University Record, Nov 16, 2009


From 2009-2012, the B&F Leadership Academy focused on developing the leadership competencies and capacities necessary for future senior leaders in Business and Finance.

The Leadership Academy engaged four cohorts of 24 mid-level managers in experiential learning and developmental exercises taking place over 10 months including reflection, coaching, a capstone project and generative interviews of campus leaders.

This program focused on the B&F leadership competencies, especially four deemed priorities by B&F Senior Staff:

  1. Leadership / Achievement Orientation
  2. Flexibility / Adaptability / Leading Change
  3. Creative Problem Solving / Strategic Thinking
  4. Quality of Service

A central theme of the Academy was appreciation of the unique challenges of managing within the context of higher education.


Start Up Resources

Below are a few of the documents and presentations that led to creation of the Leadership Academy. The first cohort graduated in 2009. Each cohort continued as active alumni of the program for an additional two years.

Orientation Materials

At the beginning of each class session, supervisors and participants are oriented to the program using the following materials.

Additional Resources


Catherine Lilly
(734) 647-7890