Academic Leadership Academy


The Academic Leadership Academy is a project of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium (BHEC), a consortium of the 12 colleges and universities in the central Kentucky Region. The purpose of the ALA is to encourage faculty to consider leadership career paths and to provide guidance in developing the skill set necessary for effective institutional leadership. Successful applicants will have demonstrated academic leadership potential and should have interest in pursuing academic leadership roles, but applicants need not have already provided University service as chair, director, or in senior college - or University - level positions to qualify for this program. 

Application Form


Past Participants

2018 BHEC ALA Fellows

2017 BHEC ALA Fellows

2016 BHEC ALA Fellows

2015 BHEC ALA Fellows

2014 BHEC ALA Fellows


Bluegrass Academic Leadership Academy Education Day

Developed by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium Academic Leadership Academy Committee in cooperation with Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities (AIKU), alumni of the first three years of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium Academic Leadership Academy (BHEC ALA), and Emerging Leaders in Higher Education in the Bluegrass Region were invited to learn and discuss the most important education issues and pending legislation with House and Senate leadership. The General Assembly was held February 14, 2017. UK had five (5) former ALA Fellows participate in the Frankfort Day. 


2017 Participants
  • Mónica Díaz, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Hispanic Studies & History, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Frances Hardin-Fanning, Ph.D., RN - Nursing, College of Nursing
  • April Hatcher, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Neuroscience, College of Medicine
  • Kenneth Jones, Ph.D., Professor - Community & Leadership Development, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • Yuha Jung, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Arts Administration, College of Fine Arts
  • Uwe Nagel, Ph.D., Professor - Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kevin J. Pearson, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine
  • Timothy Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Civil Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Steven Van Lanen, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
  • Kimberly White-Ziegler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education