February 12, 2020

Florida to Host Final SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Workshop of the Year

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

In one week, more than 50 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP) participants will visit the University of Florida for the second of two 2019-2020 academic year workshops. The three-day event will feature several interactive sessions and visits to iconic locations on and off the Gainesville campus. 


The goal of the SEC ALDP is to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has three components: a university-level development program designed by each institution for its participants (i.e., fellows); two SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants; and a competitive fellowship designed to provide administrative growth opportunities for former fellows.


Serving as a complement to the fall workshop hosted at Vanderbilt University, the spring edition will offer a selection of round-table discussions and formal presentations built to encourage fellows to step into the shoes of high-level campus administrators. Topics range from the land grant mission and fundraising for campus leaders, to academic freedom and the First Amendment. Program fellows can also expect to hear from University of Florida President, Dr. Kent Fuchs, and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Joe Glover. 


“The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program is a cornerstone of the Conference’s academic programming,” said Dr. Torie A. Johnson, SEC Associate Commissioner for Academic Relations. “The longevity of this program, designed ultimately to strengthen the academy, is a testament to its usefulness and value, along with the success of our former fellows.”


The University of Florida’s SEC ALDP workshop is under the guidance of Dr. Chris Hass, Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs. Dr. Hass arrived at Florida in 2006 and has been the university’s SEC ALDP liaison since 2016. He earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. from UF. This will be Florida’s second time hosting an SEC ALDP Workshop – the first occurring in 2013.


There are 56 SEC ALDP fellows this year – the maximum number permitted, and nearly 450 have completed the program since its inception in 2008.


Click here for a full list of 2019-2020 SEC ALDP fellows.