Instructional Leadership, emphasis: K-12 School Leadership (MEd)
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Apply today for the University Leadership Program

Dear colleagues,

As we enter year two of NAU 2025 – Elevating Excellence, much work is underway throughout our university community in advancing bold strategic priorities and a refined and revitalized institutional vision and mission. Underpinning these efforts are our people—the dedicated faculty and staff of NAU—who help shape through their talent, energy, and diverse backgrounds and perspectives the advancement of our collective work.

As we embark on a bold agenda to advance the New NAU, it is my pleasure to invite the faculty and staff of NAU to apply for the 2023-2024 University Leadership Program (ULP). I have seen first-hand the incredible impact of ULP in developing leadership skills, broadening institutional knowledge, and building capacity from within our university. I also have met many members of past cohorts whose work at NAU has benefited tremendously from the experiences gained through this longstanding program. 

ULP begins in September with a two-day retreat, and all other sessions will be held on campus one Friday each month from October through April. Participants will explore leadership skills, discuss challenges facing the university and higher education across the nation, and gain an understanding of how the Arizona educational system functions. 

ULP participants must be able to commit to attend each session and are expected to do work outside of the classroom sessions aligned with the hands-on strategic priorities. In addition, supervisors must sign off in supporting their employees’ participation in ULP.

The 2023-2024 ULP cohort will meet on the following days throughout the year, with all sessions running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

  • September 15-16 (retreat)
  • October 13
  • November 17
  • December 14 (noon to 4 p.m.)
  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 22
  • April 12
  • May 3 (graduation)

Visit the University Leadership Program website to learn more. Apply online by 5 p.m. June 2.

Thank you for your commitment to NAU, and I look forward to engaging with the 2023-2024 ULP cohort soon!


José Luis Cruz Rivera