2017 New Administrator Orientation

For administrators new to MSU or new to their roles, we offer a three-day mandatory orientation in early August each year.

Orientation Date, Location, Time

2017 New Administrator Orientation
August 8, 9 and 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Room B106/107
3535 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910
This by-invitation-only event is coordinated by Academic Human Resources and the Academic Advancement Network. For an invitation, please send an email to Cindi Leverich at leaders@msu.edu.
If you arrive in the Lansing area after the orientation has occurred, you are welcome to attend all or parts of the orientation program the following August. 

Orientation Agenda

Click the link named "Full Agenda" to the left for links to topics, speakers, presentations and resources. Resources from each day will be added to the agenda page.


In addition to your appointment as a new administrator, plese see our New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation website where you will find additional orientation events and resources tailored for other incoming academics. We encourage you to speak with your supervisor about the availability of unit-based orientations, resources, and mentors who can assist in orienting you to your new role. MSU is a highly decentralized institution and resources are often available in several places across campus, so it is often worthwhile to explore the full array of options through your unit as well as centralized offices. 

Other helpful workshops:

In addition to orientation, there are several workshops relevant to new faculty that we also encourage administrators to attend: 

Please let us know if we can assist you. If you have any questions about these Orientation Events, please contact Cindi Leverich by email at leaders@msu.edu or by phone at (517) 355-5761. 

Extended Orientation: Leadership Institute

 These sessions take place throughout the year and are comprised of a monthly meeting of new academic administrators (within the last three years) on topics of interest to participants. These sessions are required for new chiars and School directors and optional for all other administrators.  The sessions are designed to allow participants an opportunity to ask questions about important dimensions of their work with campus experts.MSU Budget

  • MSU Budget
    • Friday, September 22
    • 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.      
  • Retention, Hiring, and Spousal Hires
    • Thursday, October 26
    • 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.    
  • Leading Change
    • Friday, November 17
    • 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.      
  • Faculty Performance Reviews
    • Friday, January 19
    • 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.    
  • Discipline, RVSM and Sexual Harassment
    • Thursday, February 22           
    • 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.        
  • Difficult Conversations
    • Thursday, March 23                
    • 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.