APL Fellows 2019-20

Pictured (left to right): Angela Wilson, Quentin Tyler, Heidi Schroeder, David Hyndman, Kristine Bowman and Charles (Lee) Cox


Big Ten Academic Alliance logoThe Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program, (ALP) provides intensive leadership and managerial development, addressing the challenges of academic administration at major research universities, like tightening budgets, changing student populations, and increasing pressures from external sources. Many of the program’s nearly 1,000 fellows have gone on to serve as college presidents, provosts and deans.

During the academic year, MSU ALP Fellows visit three Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. In addition, they meet with campus and community leaders of their choosing, to complement their knowledge of policy and institutional organization with local insights and contacts.

Application Process


Tenure System, NSCL/FRIB, Health Programs Faculty, and Librarians

Four-five applicants will be selected through an application and interview process. Applicants should:

  • be appointed in the tenure system, NSCL/FRIB, Library, or Health Programs faculty appointment systems
  • have a strong faculty background and commitment to administration
  • have a minimum of five years of professional experience in a university setting

Other MSU Faculty and Staff

The Provost will select one-two additional member(s) of the cohort in consultation with senior MSU leaders, from among the rest of the MSU faculty, academic staff, and support staff.

If your MSU appointment is not as a faculty member in the tenure system, NSCL, Library, or Health Programs system, and you wish to pursue the ALP, please contact your dean, vice president, or other senior administrator who can indicate their support for your participation.  Please have them send a letter addressing why would be a good candidate for the program (no longer than one page) to Cindi Leverich at youngcin@msu.edu by February 6, 2020.

Application Submission

Applications for the 2020-2021 ALP Cohort are now closed. Applications typically open in December each year.