The Michigan Community College Leadership Academy is faciliated by the MCCA and Lead Star.  It is designed for faculty and mid- to senior-level community college administrators who look to be leaders in their current positions or are ready to move into a higher level of leadership. Vice Presidents, Deans, Professors, Associate Professors, Program Chairs, Associate Deans, or Directors are encouraged to apply if interested in developing their leadership skills. Participants must be nominated by their president or chancellor.

The nine month cohort-style learning journey will include three in-person workshops at the MCCA office, action-based learning projects in between the live sessions, experiential learning activities, coaching and mentoring, and a capstone graduation experience in conjunction with the annual MCCA Summer Conference in Mackinac Island.

It is important to note that the Leadership Academy is not meant to replace graduate or Ph.D. programs, but it is rather a hands-on, Michigan-specific professional development opportunity to sharpen leadership competencies and develop a strong statewide network of emerging leaders within community colleges. Graduates are asked to serve as mentors for the next cohort of emerging leaders.


Please contact Adriana Phelan, MCCA Vice President, with questions about the Michigan Community College Leadership Academy ( or (517) 372-4350).



See the outstanding Michigan Community College Leadership Academy 2016-17 Class of emerging leaders. 


Session 1: The first session took place on September 23 & 23, 2016.  See the program, and the PowerPoint slides for the presenters: Jackson College President Daniel Phelan, Grand Rapids Community College President Steve Ender, North Central Michigan College President Cameron Brunet-Koch, and Lead Star Angie Morgan's presentation.

Session 2: The second session took plan on January 19 & 20, 2017.  See the program, and the PowerPoint slides for the presenters: Delta College President Jean Goodnow, Attorney Brenden Beer, Consultant Kathleen Guy, and Lead Star Angie morgan.

Session 3: The third session will take place on May 25 & 26, 2017 (MCCA Office, 222 N. Chestnut, Lansing). See the program

Leadership Academy Graduation: The final capstone experience will take place on July 27 & 28, 2017 in conjunction with the MCCA Summer Conference in Mackinac Island.  Below is the brief schedule of events for the Leadership Academy in Mackinac Island:

Briefing/Leadership Journey Wednesday, July 26 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Mission Point Resort, Atrium Room
Welcome Happy Hour Wednesday, July 26 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Mission Point Resort, MCCA Suite
MCCA Summer Conference Thursday, July 27 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Mission Point Resort, Sound Stage
Awards Dinner/Graduation Thursday, July 27 Cocktails 5:30 PM; Dinner 6:30 PM
Mission Point Resort, Cypress Room & Balcony
MCCA Summer Conference Friday, July 28 from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Mission Point Resort, Sound Stage

Please register for the MCCA Summer Conference here.  The MCCA Summer Conference will take place at the Mission Point Resort.  See list of other suggested hotels for Mackinac Island.


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