Northwest Florida State College Logo

President’s Leadership Academy


Internal Leadership Development

The President’s Leadership Academy of Northwest Florida State College is an intensive internal leadership development program designed to provide professional and personal development for Northwest Florida State College personnel. The Academy will enable participants to deepen their understanding of higher education topics at the national, state, and local level.  Participants will engage with peers to discuss challenges and propose solutions grounded in research and best practices.

Throughout the Academy, internal and external speakers will highlight leadership skills essential for career advancement in higher education. A cohort of 12-15 Northwest Florida State College employees will be selected annually to actively participate in the 9-month program.  Participants will be selected through an application process that will be open to personnel from all divisions and departments of the College. The President will appoint members of the selection committee.

Download Brochure

Session Details

The Academy will meet one day a month beginning in August 2019 and ending in May 2020, excluding December. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions. All costs will be paid by the College. An overnight trip to Tallahassee is tentatively planned for February 4-5.

Participants present team projects in May. The projects will address an issue, challenge, or new idea/concept for implementation or improvement at Northwest Florida State College. All projects must be approved by the President prior to implementation by each team.

The President’s Leadership Academy will include speakers from Northwest Florida State college and specialists from outside the College with expertise of the topics and issues. There will be required reading in advance of some of the sessions. Each participant will be recognized at a ceremony in May.

Sample topics will include, but will not be limited to:

Applications for the President’s Leadership Academy will be accepted until July 1, 2019.

Continue to the Application

2019-2020 Tentative Session Schedule

August 23

September 20

October 18

November 22

January 10

Tallahassee Trip

February 4

  • Tuesday
  • 1:00 p.m. Depart

February 5

  • Wednesday
  • 8:00 p.m. Return

March 27

April 17

May 15

NOTE: Although there is no promise for advancement at Northwest Florida State College as a direct result of participating in the PLA, the experiences and insight you will obtain should prove to be invaluable as you navigate through your career goals.

Support for the President’s Leadership Academy provided in-part by the following endowments: