Leadership Development Institute


2024 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) | June 10-14, 2024 | Sumas, Washington

Program Application information can be found below.

The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) encourages emerging male and female leaders from CCCU institutions to pursue broader leadership responsibilities through a year-long mentorship program. From June 10-14, 2024, approximately 20-25 emerging leaders will gather at Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center (located near the Canadian border in Sumas, WA).

The LDI will include the following components:

  • A year-long leadership development program that begins with the LDI at Cedar Springs
  • An individually tailored “shadowing” experience of 2-3 days with a senior-level leader on another CCCU campus
  • Professional networking with current and emerging leaders
  • Discussion of cutting-edge leadership issues
  • A one-on-one meeting with a Resource Team member to outline a year-long Professional Development Plan
  • Opportunities to interact about Leadership Lessons, Case Studies, and Best Practices from within and beyond Christian higher education




The application deadline is March 8, 2024. However, we encourage participants to submit their materials before the deadline.

Application Process

Preference will be given to applicants who: (1) hold a doctorate or are actively considering/pursuing doctoral studies; (2) are recognized as “up-and- comers” with demonstrated leadership skills and the potential for future senior-level leadership; (3) provide evidence of increasing levels of leadership responsibility within and/or beyond higher education.

Accepted applicants must agree to be actively engaged in the following program components:

  • Completion of their specific institute-related readings
  • Participation in the entire June Institute at Cedar Springs
  • Development and fulfillment of a year-long Professional Development Plan
  • Interaction with a Resource Leader to identify a tailor-made shadowing site and mentor

Submission of a written shadowing report upon completion of the campus visit.

Thank you for your interest in the 2024 CCCU Leadership Development Institutes! This application has three components:

Step 1 : Essay Questions

Step 2: Online Application

Registration Deadline – February 28, 2024

Step 3: References

Prepare a Word document responding briefly to each of the following questions (no more than one page per question):

  1. Describe your higher education leadership experience in faculty and/or administrative roles, indicating evidence of increasing areas of responsibility. Also, please describe what you discern to be your gifts and abilities that allow you to be effective in leadership. In what specific ways have your leadership gifts been affirmed by others?
  2. Identify and briefly describe three individuals who have been, or have the potential to be, professional mentors to you in higher education. Explain what characteristics have led you to include each of these three individuals (e.g., attributes and abilities you deem to be important in such a mentor) and note what current relationship, if any, you have with each of these individuals.
  3. Describe briefly your professional, personal, and spiritual goals for the next 3-5 years as you consider the possibility of administrative leadership in Christian higher education. Briefly describe those areas that you perceive to need strengthening as you consider future leadership roles.  Please incorporate your preliminary thinking about the components that might be important to you in your shadowing experience and year-long Professional Development Plan.

Complete the Online Application. This application is broken down into four components:

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Essay Questions Submission Portal
  3. CV Submission Portal
  4. References Acknowledgment

You must complete all components of the application before submitting. We recommend that you prepare your essay questions and CV prior to starting.

Complete the Online Application Form

Each applicant must have two references:

  1. One letter of reference from a senior-level administrator (current or previous) who is familiar with your professional abilities and leadership potential.
  2. One letter of reference from someone in higher education who knows you well and is qualified to address areas of competence and potential, character, areas of giftedness, and spiritual maturity.

Your referees must submit their reference letters in our Reference Submission Portal, linked at the end of this application.

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Jill Hartness at jhartness@cccu.org with the subject “2024 LDI <Applicant Name>” or “2024 MELDI <Applicant Name>”.


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“In a time of tumultuous change and deep challenges in Christian higher education, the LDI program provides deep equipping and strong edification for its participants. I left with greater clarity and passionate purpose for my role. I am excited to bring insights from my experience back to my campus.”

“Participating in the Leadership Development Institute was one of the highlights of my twenty-year career in Christian higher education. I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to connect with current and emerging CCCU leaders through a program that emphasized the importance of Christian faith and community. The strong sense of unity that flowed from the participants’ love of Christ and commitment to Christian higher education was obvious from the first moments of the program. I am leaving the LDI feeling a renewed sense of calling and commitment to Christian higher education.”

“The LDI serves many purposes, but one that I didn’t expect was the value of seeing the other CCCU institutions as co-laborers rather than competitors. I left LDI committing to prayer for the work of many institutions and the people who lead them as we all do this truly important work for one purpose.”

“Attending the LDI was not only a time of connection, rest, renewal, and investment in me as a leader – it was an investment in me as a whole person. The practical and theoretical insights are invaluable, but the friendships made with others doing this work are life changing. The resource leaders’ willingness to pour into others is a gift beyond description!”


Accommodations, materials, and all meals are included in the registration fee.

All-Inclusive Registration Fee – $1,500

This registration fee includes all-inclusive lodging (single room) and meals at Cedar Springs, transportation to and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), materials, and program costs.

Upon acceptance to the LDI, you will be required to immediately complete registration and pay the all-inclusive fee.

Cancellation Policy
You may cancel your full registration or any special event associated with your registration at any time prior to the start of the program.  Please note that a cancellation will not result in a return of funds.  If you register and fail to attend an event, no funds will be returned.  If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us at (202) 546-8713.


The entire workshop program will take place at the Cedar Springs Retreat Center. The closest airport to the Cedar Springs facility is Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport (SEA). A charter bus will transport participants to and from Sea-Tac airport only. Participants must arrange their own transportation from any other airport. Accommodations, materials, and all meals are included in the registration fee.  Accepted applicants can select from single-occupancy accommodations or double occupancy accommodations.



Meet the facilitators for the 2024 Leadership Development Institute.

Dr. Meghan Griffin
Provost & Senior Vice President, Southeastern University

Dr. Jill Harness
Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer, CCCU

Dr. Janet B. Sommers
Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Northwestern – St. Paul

Dr. André Stephens
President, Fresno Pacific University

Rev. Dr. Angulus Wilson
Chaplain, Wheaton College

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