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Adam Porter selected for national leadership development program


Illinois College is pleased to announce that Adam Porter, associate academic dean, is one of 32 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a yearlong Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the 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. Porter will participate in two seminars, one in Portland, Ore., October 31–November 2, 2014, and one in Washington, D.C., June 24–26, 2015. 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 2014–15 academic year.

The purpose of the academy is 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.

“The need to prepare future leaders of colleges and universities has never been greater because the generation of people now in senior leadership positions on campus is rapidly approaching retirement,” 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 Adam Porter has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus.”

Porter earned a B.A. from Oberlin College, majoring in economics and minoring in religion; an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School; and a Ph.D. in Judaic studies from Duke University. He has been a faculty member at Illinois College since 2000. After serving as associate dean of the college during the 2013-14 academic year, he has accepted the position of dean of Faculty starting on July 1, 2014.

“I am very pleased that Dean Porter has joined this excellent program. He is a talented academic leader, and he will use this program to gain new skills. This will benefit Illinois College greatly,” said Elizabeth Tobin, dean of the college and vice-president for academic affairs.

Since the program began in the 2010–11 academic year, 43 percent of the participants have experienced upward mobility. “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 and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) with financial support from Academic Search Inc. and the Henry Luce Foundation. Tom Kepple, president of AALI and president emeritus of Juniata College (Pa.), is the program director.

For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit

2014–15 CIC Senior Leadership Academy participants:

Kathy Ogren, University of Redlands (Calif.)
William Polik, Hope College (Mich.)
Peter Powers, Messiah College (Pa.)
Carmen Sidbury, Spelman College (Ga.)
Katrina D’Aquin, Bethany College (W. Va.)
Del Doughty, Huntington University (Ind.)
Adam Porter, Illinois College
Beth Schwartz, Randolph College (Va.)
Mimi Steadman, Daemen College (N.Y.)
Mark Stewart, Willamette University (Ore.)
Peter Ubertaccio, Stonehill College (Mass.)
Darrin Good, Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.)
Brooke Knight, Emerson College (Mass.)
Julia Matthews, Albright College (Pa.)
Nathan Phinney, Malone University (Ohio)
Nakia Pope, Texas Wesleyan University
Carl Trovall, Concordia University Texas
Stephen Standifird, Butler University (Ind.)
Sally Welch, Marygrove College (Mich.)
Erik Ankerberg, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Anne Ehrlich, Woodbury University (Calif.)
Sunil Kukreja, University of Puget Sound (Wash.)
Timothy Ward, Millsaps College (Miss.)
Luke Goble, Warner Pacific College (Ore.)
Corday Goddard, St. Norbert College (Wis.)
Stacy Hammons, Indiana Wesleyan University
Lisa Kirkpatrick, St. Edward’s University (Texas)
Julie Luetschwager, Marian University (Wis.)
Krispin Barr, Salem College (N.C.)
Adrienne Cooper, Bethune-Cookman University (Fla.)
Maria Garriga, Thomas More College (Ky.)
Todd Burson, Kenyon College (Ohio)
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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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