Aspiring CEO Program

The Aspiring CEO Program is designed to identify and prepare future California Community College CEOs through the process of self-assessment and skill development. 

The eight-module program is scheduled from February to December with regular cohort check-ins. You should apply if you are exploring the possibility of transitioning into a CEO position at a California Community College.

Program participants will learn about:

  • Readiness for the CEO Position through Personal Inventory and Skills Assessments
  • How to Research Potential CEO Positions
  • The Application Process
  • Interviewing and Public Forums
  • Negotiating The CEO Contract

If you are a CEO, please take some time to encourage administrators from your campus leadership to apply for the program. 2023 Cohort Registration will open September 2022. Share this blog post with someone you know who would be ideal for the Aspiring CEO Program.

For questions regarding the program or the 2023 cohort, contact Program Director Carmen Sandoval at


Program Schedule


February and November sessions are in-person. All other sessions are virtual. See the program schedule below for details.

February 2022* (In-Person)

Module 1:  Self Awareness: Executive Composition

  • Cohort Convenes:  February 23, 2022, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for program orientation at the ACCCA Conference, Hyatt Monterey.

April 2022

Module 2:  Self-Assessment: Executive Compatibility

  • Cohort Convenes:  April 1, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. to explore your pre-program self-assessment results with a certified trainer who will interpret the results of your profile to illuminate your preferred thinking patterns and how they are expressed given your behavioral preferences.  This understanding will inform your evolving management style as you progress through the program.

June 2022

Module 3:  Becoming Mission Ready: Research and Development

  • Cohort Convenes: June 10, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. to explore best practices for developing an effective application packet that gets you noticed.  An emphasis on curating your online presence and researching potential positions will be provided by leading executive recruiters.

July 2022

Module 4:  Reading Between the Lines: What the Job Announcement Won’t Say

  • Cohort Convenes: July 22, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. for a frank discussion with seasoned administrators about the realities of sizing up a future employer.  Proven tactics for interviewing and public forums will be covered and their insights might prevent you from investing hours of work on an application to nowhere.

September 2022

Module 5:  Congratulations!  You Got the Job [Part One] 

  • Cohort Convenes: September 23, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. to discuss the nuances of an initial offer and related logistics around the board approval process.  Again we will turn to the experts and rely on our recruiters and search consultants, working with experienced CEOs and Trustees to guide the way.

October 2022

Module 6:  Congratulations!  You Got the Job [Part Two]

  • Cohort Convenes: October 28, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. to help you negotiate your first contract and uncover strategies for contract renewals.  This is a critical part of the program and a case-study approach will help you understand how a good contract can mean a long and happy tenure.

November 2022* (In-Person)

Module 7:  The Honeymoon Period:  How Executive Coaching Enhances Your Success

  • Cohort Convenes: November 18, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the League's Annual Convention, Hyatt Regency SFO, to hear from an executive coach and our seasoned CEO faculty about some of the real-world scenarios where the expertise of an effective coach could have made the difference between success and failure.

December 2022

Module 8:  Executive Comprehension: Defining Your Own Path

  • Cohort Convenes:  December 9, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  You deliver your final "Readiness Assessment and Skills Development Plan” incorporating the lessons of the program. Program Faculty will provide feedback and mentoring as necessary.