The Excellence in Leadership Program helps current leaders become more effective at managing key challenges of a dynamic CU system.

Throughout the program, university leaders gain knowledge and skills to fulfill CU's commitment to current and future academic and administrative excellence. Each academic year, the program hosts monthly workshops on topics such as strategic thinking and relationship-building. To participate, you must already be in a leadership role and be nominated by a senior manager. You'll be selected based on your personal impact on university, local or even global communities. Areas of leadership could include but aren't limited to service, instruction and research.

Program Overview

The Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP) provides opportunities for faculty and staff to become more effective leaders who can successfully address the key challenges of a dynamic university.

ELP brings together employees from across the four campuses and the CU System. Program participants attend monthly workshops that focus on different topics including communication, fiscal management and strategic thinking.

Program Objectives

  • Develop skills to successfully envision, plan and implement enduring positive change.
  • Cultivate a collaborative, problem-solving community among university leaders.
  • Sharpen knowledge, skills and practical insight to improve leader efficacy in the university context.
  • Gain greater awareness of the CU System and the opportunities at each campus.
  • Increase understanding of university economics and realities of fundraising.

Program Eligibility

Candidates are high-potential, high-performing individuals currently in university management or faculty roles. Participants are nominated by senior management. Please note: self-nominations are not accepted.

A Legacy of Leadership

Consider nominating an employee for ELP. Participants grow as leaders, gain expertise and contribute to CU’s legacy of bold, innovative leadership.

Contact Employee Learning & Development staff at if you have questions about the nomination processes or the program in general.