Daemen Associate VP Selected for National Leadership Academy

July 1, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. – Dr. Mimi Steadman, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness at Daemen College, is one of 32 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are administrators in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions at independent colleges or universities.           The purpose is to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as chief officers in various divisions in independent higher education, including academic affairs, advancement, enrollment management, finance, and student affairs.

“We are proud of Mimi for being selected for this exceptional opportunity,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “She is an experienced, talented professional and this program will broaden her knowledge and advance critical skills relevant to serving at the senior leadership level.”

As a leadership academy participant, Steadman will attend a seminar in October in Portland, Ore., and another next June in Washington, D.C. She will also be involved in a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in Webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the 2014-15 academic year.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to develop new skills to serve Daemen’s efforts to foster an inclusive campus community, where diverse learners thrive in their pursuit of professional excellence and service to local and global communities,” said Steadman.

Joining Daemen in 2006, Steadman was appointed in June to associate vice president for institutional effectiveness, having most recently served as executive director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Title III project director.

She is founding president of the Assessment Network of New York, a statewide organization for which she also served on the board.

A Williamsville resident, Steadman earned a doctoral degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

“The need to prepare future leaders of colleges and universities has never been greater due to a generation of individuals now in senior leadership positions who are rapidly approaching retirement,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “With Mimi’s impressive background and experience, we believe she has the potential to serve as a highly effective senior leader.”

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