State Accreditation Chief to Speak During Summer Leadership Academy

The Community College Leadership Development Initiatives (CCLDI) center, part of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego, will host a forum for community college leaders to strengthen their skills and further lead their institutions.

More than 50 members of community college leadership teams, including board members, faculty, senior administration and classified staff, will take part in CCLDI’s Summer Leadership Academy VI from July 27-31 at Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, on the USD campus. The goal of the center is to strengthen community colleges and support existing and new leaders using institutional partnerships that combine scholar and practitioner expertise.

Conference keynote speaker Ralph A. Wolff is the president and executive director of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the accreditation agency for more than 3,800 K-12 and occupational schools in California, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and East Asia; and 140 community and junior colleges and 151 senior colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Basin.

In addition to the conference, the center will host a Policy Seminar at 5:30 p.m., July 29. This event is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 4:15 p.m. Nancy Shulock, director of the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy at Sacramento State University, is the guest speaker. The theme of the seminar is “Leadership to Put Students First? It Could Happen.”

For more information on the conference and or to register for the seminar, call (619) 260-7605 or email

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton
(619) 260-4681