Why should college leaders challenge their thinking at Wheelhouse?
- Success for all students requires strategic reallocation of resources and optimal use of personnel, financial, technological and physical assets.
- The pipeline of future community college leaders is constricted and the turnover rate of current college CEOs is rising, leaving an essential education and economic system in jeopardy.
- Average CEO tenure is far too brief to ensure leaders can support lasting institutional change and improved effectiveness.
How does a CEO become a Wheelhouse Fellow?
- Each cohort is selected based on nominations by our board of advisors and other leaders in the field. We seed diversity of all kinds: professional and educational experience, geography, institutional size and personal background.
- If you are a current or interim community college or district CEO and are interested in participating or learning more, please tell us here.
What distinguishes the Wheelhouse Institute from other leadership programs?
- The institute provides a high-support, high-challenge environment for learning and leadership development, a small cohort “space” where leaders can test assumptions and cross-pollinate new ideas in a forward-thinking, bias-free, protected environment.
- We emphasize contextual learning through diverse and stimulating inputs and case studies, drawing from a broad range of experts both within and beyond the field of education.
- We provide a unique focus on challenges and opportunities that face leaders in the California context.
What does the Wheelhouse Institute on Leadership aim to instill?
- Leadership acumen and capabilities for resilient and long-term stewardship.
- The importance of research and actionable strategies/frameworks for decision-making and institutional transformation.
- One-on-one and group feedback-seeking techniques and practices to enhance personal and organizational receptivity to change.
- Ongoing and supportive problem-resolution communications with peers, colleagues, researchers and policy advocates external to CEOs’ home institutions.
- Commitment to facilitating systemic and lasting institutional change – ”positive disruption.”
How do leaders and their organizations benefit from the Wheelhouse Institute on Leadership?
- Development of individual leadership capabilities and organizational capacity for change.
- Strategies for creating a collective intelligence with senior level reports and a college-wide energy for innovation and growth.
- Models and case study references for responding to emerging organizational challenges and issues.
- Access to a community of trusted colleagues and advisors within Wheelhouse and among the Institute cohort.
- Knowledge and skills necessary to support longevity in leadership positions that will ensure the lasting impact of CEO commitment to a college or district