A new initiative in the 2017-18 academic year, the Leadership Fellows program creates partnerships between mentors (current administrators) and fellows (faculty at least 5 years post-tenure).  This program involves both a shadowing experience and work on a project developed jointly between the mentor and fellow. Overall goals include the following:

For the fellow:  (a) first-hand exposure to academic administration to learn about operations, expectations,  opportunities, and challenges related to administrative positions, as well as more general aspects of leadership; (b) personal reflection on one’s characteristics and career goals to help determine whether an administrative or other type of leadership role is desired and appropriate.

For the mentor:  identifying and developing future potential leaders.

For the institution:  effecting change/innovation in an area of institutional priority.

Application Process

In the late spring or early summer of each academic year, a call will be sent to eligible administrators and faculty members.

For more information regarding the selection process, please contact Cindi Leverich at

2018-19 Fellows

Learn about the MSU academics who are leadership fellows in the 2018-19 academic year.

2018-19 Mentors

Learn about the MSU administrators who are serving as mentors in the 2018-19 academic year.