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W&L's Price Selected for Senior Leadership Academy

Wendy Price, assistant dean of the College at Washington and Lee, has been chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Leadership Institute (AALI) to participate in a yearlong Senior Leadership Academy during 2013-14.

The 26 individuals chosen for the academy are mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. 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.

In addition to attending a mentoring program, experiential learning projects and a series of readings and case studies, Price will join the other academy members at two seminars—one in Pittsburgh in November, and the other in Washington next June.

“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.”

Since the program began in the 2010–2011 academic year, many participants have experienced upward mobility. Eight have been appointed to vice presidencies at other institutions, three have been appointed to vice presidencies at their home institutions, 15 have earned promotions to positions of greater responsibility within their home institutions, and four have advanced to higher positions at other institutions.

Price joined W&L in August 2010 after previously serving as team leader in historic preservation at Historic New England. A graduate of Southern Methodist University. where she earned a B.A. in history, Price holds a law degree from Duke University and a master of historic preservation degree from the University of Georgia.

After practicing law for three years, she became assistant professor of historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington in 1996. She earned promotion and tenure in 2002 and became a department head the same year.  She joined Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional preservation organization in the United States, in 2005.

As assistant dean of the College, Price administers the College buildings and classrooms, the operating and capital budgets and the non-faculty staff.  Additionally, she administers undergraduate disability accommodations and collaborates with other campus offices to address student health issues.

“I feel honored and privileged to be selected for participation in the 2013-2014 Senior Leadership Academy,” said Price. “I look forward to gaining new knowledge and insight into higher education administration and further developing my skills through the invaluable experience offered by this program.”

CIC is an association of 645 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and more than 90 higher education organizations. Since 1956, it has worked to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. AALI provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education. The organization creates and implements programs and assistance for academic leaders in various administrative positions, enabling them to be successful in their roles and to advance the institutions they serve.