President's Leadership Development Initiative

The Conceptual Framework for Transforming Institutions of Higher Education guides the President’s Leadership Development Initiative. The Leadership Development Initiative serves as a catalyst for change to create an effective inclusive university environment where all faculty and staff can succeed. It links academic leadership to inclusive excellence, and draws upon the talents, experiences and expertise of LMU faculty and staff as well as external experts within the broader higher education community. These transformational Higher Education Administrators engage LMU faculty and staff in university-wide dialogue that promotes the visible action and institutional collaboration necessary for transforming LMU’s academic culture. The Initiative focuses on identifying and developing effective leadership practices, understanding people and communicating effectively, leading, managing institutional budgets, and understanding legal issues that impact colleges and universities.

The President’s Leadership Development Initiative has distinctive internal and external components. Internal components are designed to meet the needs of Higher Education Administrators within the LMU community. The external component is designed to meet the needs of Higher Education Administrators in colleges and universities in California and other Western states.

Leadership Development Goals and Outcomes


  • Create an effective and efficient inclusive organization by enrolling Higher Education Administrators in LMU’s mission, building a unified vision of effective leadership, and focusing on essential institutional-specific goals and objectives.
  • Enhance the development of established Higher Education Administrators who individually and collectively provide outstanding leadership across the integrated missions of research/artistry, teaching, and service at a comprehensive university in the Catholic/Jesuit/Marymount Tradition.
  • Empower emerging leaders with the knowledge and competencies necessary for coordinating and collaborating with others who are charged with effectively responding to changing internal and external circumstances.
  • Develop a group of highly motivated and trained Administrators throughout LMU who are skilled at leading and managing change.
  • Strengthen community among Higher Education Administrators by supporting the development of institution-wide productive collaborative relationships.


  • Identify the values that are the foundation from which effective Administrators lead.
  •  Identify leadership best practices and proven strategies for creating and maintaining a diverse faculty and staff.
  • Assess the implications of a preferred leadership style for approaching and dealing with department, college and university challenges.
  • Create conditions that lead to highly effective inclusive academic units where all faculty and staff can succeed.
  • Collaborate within and across institutional units to achieve objectives and effect change.
  • Understand LMU’s Catholic/Jesuit/Marymount mission, goals and values.

Internal Components

Fellowships to Attend External leadership Development Programs

  • Leading Academic Departments
  • Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP)
  • LMU Senior Vice President Fellows
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program (MDP)
  • American Council on Education/Office of Women in Higher Education Network/Southern California Leadership Lunceon
  • American Council on Education/Office of Women in Higher Education National and Regional Leadership Forums
  • LMU Leadership Network
  • Leadership Development Website
  • President's Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award