Chief Academic Officer Selected for National Leadership Program

by Public Relations

Cedarville University’s academic vice president and chief academic officer, Dr. Thomas Cornman, has been selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in the 2012 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers: Classical and Contemporary Readings. Through an examination of classic and contemporary readings, the Colloquium will encourage reflections on power, ethics and responsibility while strengthening leadership skills.

Cornman is one of 20 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide who will attend the seminar in Annapolis, Maryland, from July 17-21, 2012. Individuals selected for the program are professionals in higher education who share a common desire to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom.

"As the face of higher education undergoes significant changes, those of us in leadership roles need to adapt with vision and wisdom," Cornman shared. "I look forward to this opportunity for thoughtful interaction with colleagues from around the country on topics which inform our institutional roles. This is a great honor."

Cornman joined Cedarville University in 2009 after 27 years of teaching and serving in management positions in Christ-centered higher education. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, an M.A. from Temple University, an M.Div. from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and a B.S. from Philadelphia College of Bible.

John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will lead the Colloquium. The event will engage participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary thought selected to help chief academic officers gain insights into issues commonly faced by today’s academic leaders. Examination, discussion and reflection will help foster the perspectives and skills academic officers need for leadership success.

"Higher education faces many uncertainties, but one thing is certain," says Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. "Those who lead academic programs of colleges and universities must be able to make sense of complex and unprecedented situations and bring strategic wisdom into practical use. Successful academic leadership will demand keen intellectual vision and decisive judgment, and the Colloquium will help leaders hone these skills."