Savory Selected for National Leadership Development Program

  • Date: April 15, 2014
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

OMAHA, NE - Nebraska Methodist College is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Savory, Vice President for Academic Affairs, is one of 23 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy. 

Individuals chosen for the program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who aspire to the presidency of an independent college or university. Savory will participate in two seminars held in Washington, DC, as well as readings, webinars, and a mentoring program. In addition, he will develop an experiential learning plan focused on specific areas of presidential responsibility.

The purpose of the Academy is to prepare provosts and vice presidents to serve as effective college presidents. "Competition for the available places in the program was intense," said CIC President Richard Ekman. "The review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Paul has the potential for highly effective leadership as a college or university president."

Savory is an experienced educator.  Prior to joining NMC in 2012, Savory was Professor of Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  While at UNL, Savory also served as interim associate vice chancellor for extended education and outreach, the director of summer sessions, and coordinator of the peer review of teaching project.

"Paul has a strong proficiency for assessing new situations, identifying critical issues, and formulating and enacting solutions within the mission and core values of Nebraska Methodist College," said President and CEO Dennis Joslin, Ph.D. "His management experience has been instrumental in growing our academic offerings."

Since the leadership program began in the 2009-2010 academic year, several vice presidents have become presidents. "These indicators suggest that CIC is helping to meet the leadership needs of higher education by offering highly effective leadership development programs for modest fees to member institutions," Ekman said.

The Academy is co-sponsored by CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities with financial support from Academic Search, Inc. and the Henry Luce Foundation. Tom Kepple, president of AALI and president emeritus of Juniata College (PA), is the program director. 

For more information about the Executive Leadership Academy, visit  


Dominic Aquila, University of St. Thomas (TX)
Paul Bennion, The College of Idaho
Sandra Cassady, St. Ambrose University (IA)
Brian Dalton, Allegheny College (PA)
Leslie Frere, Saint Joseph's College (IN)
Robert Graham, Grove City College (PA)
Bobby Hall, Wayland Baptist University (TX)
Daniel Helwig, York College of Pennsylvania
Stuart Jones, Trine University (IN)
Lee King, Hampden-Sydney College (VA)
William Mea, Wagner College (NY)
Stefanie Niles, Hollins University (VA)
Scott Ochander, Manchester University (IN)
Kenneth Paulli, Siena College (NY)
Brenda Porter Poggendorf, Roanoke College (VA)
Brian Sajko, Prescott College (AZ)
Paul Savory, Nebraska Methodist College
Cheryl Smith, Western New England University (MA)
Kelly Thompson, Barton College (NC)
Beth Triplett, Clarke University (IA)
Rachel Van Cleave, Golden Gate University (CA)
Scott Van Loo, Ashland University (OH)
Wayne Webster, Ripon College (WI)

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Nebraska Methodist College, an affiliate of Methodist Health System, is a fully accredited, private degree-granting health profession college.  Established in 1891, NMC provides nearly 1,000 students with excellent clinical experiences in facilities including Methodist Hospital and Jennie Edmundson Hospital, as well as in area medical clinics, extended care facilities and home care programs.  NMC offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs with several programs and classes available online.  

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education's contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. 

The American Academic Leadership Institute provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education. AALI creates and implements programs and assistance for academic leaders in various administrative positions enabling them to be successful in their roles and to advance the institutions they serve. In addition, AALI supports research and publications and consults with academic leaders and boards of trustees concerning traditional and emerging issues facing higher education and its governance. Headquartered in Washington, DC, AALI and its predecessor organizations have participated in the advancement of higher education for over 30 years. A subsidiary of AALI, Academic Search Inc. (ASI), one of the nation's premier search firms since 1976, provides significant funds each year to support AALI leadership development programs. The ASI subsidy allows AALI programs to be offered at a comparatively low price.