BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Katrina D'Aquin, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Bethany College, is one of 32 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by Washington, D.C.-based Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the year-long Senior Leadership Academy.
At the time of her nomination for the program, Dr. D’Aquin was Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Psychology. She has served as Interim Vice President since January and will continue in that post until the arrival of Dr. David Ewing as Vice President for Academic Affairs in July. She will serve as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Psychology in 2014-15.
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 in independent colleges or universities. D’Aquin will participate in two seminars, one in Portland, Oregon, October 31–November 2, 2014, and one in Washington, DC, June 24–26, 2015. She also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the 2014–2015 academic year.
According to CIC, the purpose of the Academy is to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education.
“The need to prepare future leaders of colleges and universities has never been greater because the generation of people now in senior leadership positions on campus is rapidly approaching retirement,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “Competition for the available places in the program was intense, and the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Katrina D'Aquin has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus.”
D’Aquin joined the Bethany College faculty in 2006, became Director of First Year Studies in 2007, and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2012.
She received her B.A. degree from Siena College and her M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh.
“We congratulate Dr. D’Aquin on being chosen for this highly selective program,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. “CIC and AALI are premier national organizations in leadership development. Participation in this program will be valuable to her career development – and is a major benefit to Bethany College, too.”
According to CIC, 43 percent of program participants have experienced upward mobility after participating in SLA. “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 and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) 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.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.