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Academic Dean Santamaria Selected for National Leadership Development Program

Academic Dean Santamaria Selected for National Leadership Development Program

Morristown, N.J. (July 6, 2017) – The College of Saint Elizabeth is pleased to announce that Anthony Santamaria, dean of the school of arts and sciences, is one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2017-2018 Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the yearlong 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. Santamaria will participate in an opening seminar in San Antonio, Texas, November 3-5, 2017, and a closing seminar in Washington, DC, June 21-23, 2018. He also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year.

The Academy is designed 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 Anthony Santamaria has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus."

Santamaria earned both his master's in philosophy and a collaborative doctorate in philosophy, classics and medieval studies from the University of Toronto. He specializes in ethics, logic and critical thinking, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of knowledge and learning.

"We are so proud of Dr. Anthony Santamaria. He is a tireless leader who has a boundless commitment to higher education and more importantly to the faculty and students he serves," said Dr. Helen J. Streubert, president of the College of Saint Elizabeth. "I feel certain that Dr. Santamaria's engagement in the CIC Senior Leadership Academy will be an asset to him, those he works with in the program and also to the College given that Anthony gives so very much of himself to everything he does. I personally look forward to hearing about what he learns in the program and how he plans to use it to advance himself personally and professionally."

Sixty-one percent of participants in the first Senior Leadership Academy cohort (2010-2011) have advanced in their careers, and 25 percent of participants in the recently completed 2014-2015 cohort already have earned more advanced positions.

"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.

Expanding participation in the 2017-2018 Senior Leadership Academy, this year the American Express Foundation gave CIC a grant to support diversifying leadership of independent colleges.

The Academy is co-sponsored by CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), and Academic Search, Inc. Linda M. Bleicken, president of AALI, will direct the program. For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit

CIC Senior Leadership Academy Participants, 2017-2018

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