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Nominations Open for SEC Academic Leadership Development Program

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2021) Nominations are being accepted now through June 4, 2021, for the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP). 

Four faculty members from each SEC institution are selected to participate in the SEC ALDP. This program was established to help prepare current and potential university leaders as they meet the many challenges of the 21st century by:

  • Enriching their knowledge and understanding of the major issues and challenges facing higher education.
  • Providing participants with an increased understanding of their strengths and talents as leaders in higher education.
  • Stimulating critical thought about the future of the academy in general and about flagship universities in particular.
  • Developing the managerial and organizational skills required to lead complex, diverse and inclusive organizations.
  • Building relationships within the University of Kentucky, among other potential academic leaders at universities within the Southeastern Conference and with experienced leaders in higher education.

The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program has goals to help identify, prepare and advance academic leaders. Since the establishment of the SEC ALDP program in 2008, 42 UK faculty members, representing 15 different colleges, have participated in this prestigious leadership development program.

For more information about the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Program visit and make sure to nominate individuals for this leadership opportunity.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.