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Dr. Elson S. Floyd Administrative Leadership Development Program

Program Benefits

Administrative leaders uphold and define the University of Missouri System mission and the direction and values of its departments.  The Dr. Elson S. Floyd Administrative Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is respected as a proving ground where emerging and current leaders alike can expand and refine their leadership skills.

The UM System seeks applications from administrators each fall for a spring cohort to become a part of the ALDP. We strive to select a diverse group of leaders that includes a wide range of experience and expertise. At the end of the program you will:

  • Learn more about yourself and your leadership characteristics
  • Offer guidance and support to the staff managed by ALDP members
  • Work with a network of peers to make a difference on your campus
  • Build commitment among colleagues toward excellence and the UM mission


For the upcoming 2018 cohort

Event Subjects Dates Location
Kickoff meetings
  • What is the ALDP?
  • What is a leader?
  • How does leadership differ for university administration?
  • Columbia (MU, MUHC and UM System): TBD
  • Missouri S&T: TBD
4 meetings; one each in Columbia, KC, Rolla, and St. Louis
Spring retreat
  • What are the different kinds of leadership styles? What are each individual's leadership characteristics? Learn through self-assessments and 360-degree assessments.
  • How can a leader evaluate and improve his or her own leadership skills, as well as the skills of those people the leader manages?
  • What critical leadership challenges does the cohort wish to collaborate on?
  • Alumni session - During the afternoon of the second day, past cohorts are invited to join the current cohort for an alumni session and networking opportunities
  • Reception - University leaders are invited to show their support for the current cohort. A senior leader provides remarks, certificates are presented to the exiting cohort, and attendees have an opportunity to network.
April 25-27, 2018

Holiday Inn Executive Center

2200 Interstate 70 Dr SW, Columbia, MO 65203

Topics TBD by cohort at spring retreat TBD

Courtyard Marriott
3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd
Columbia, MO 65201

Topics TBD by cohort at spring retreat TBD Courtyard Marriott
3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd
Columbia, MO 65201
Topics TBD by cohort at spring retreat


Courtyard Marriott
3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd
Columbia, MO 65201
Ongoing campus meetings The cohort in each region is encouraged to meet locally once per month between full-cohort meetings to discuss common concerns and campus issues, and to share ideas and advice TBD TBD


Selection Process

Non-academic staff are eligible to apply for the ALDP. In order to be considered for participation in the ALDP, staff must:

  • Complete the application -- The application period opens November 13, 2017, and closes December 22, 2017.
  • Discuss the program with a direct supervisor and obtain endorsement for participation in the program.
  • Submit the application electronically via our Qualtrics form by December 22, 2017.
  • An email will be sent confirming receipt of your application, as well as selection/exclusion from the program.

Potential participants should:

  • Demonstrate performance as an administrative leader;
  • Provide leadership to units with a significant impact on services and resources of the university;
  • Have potential for advancement to other leadership roles;
  • Demonstrate interest in personal and professional development;
  • Have the ability to attend all sessions and activities of the program;
  • Have the active support of his/her supervisor(s) and unit; and be willing to serve as a "peer coach" to others in the program.

Apply now

Interested in applying for the ALDP? Applications are accepted until December 22, 2017.

To submit your application, complete our Qualtrics ALDP Application form.


This professional development opportunity is provided by the University of Missouri System Office of Human Resources, with no cost to participants. Each participant's home unit is expected to cover travel and lodging costs.


Contact the Careers and Culture Team at (573) 882-8855 or umhrcareersandculture@umsystem.edu. The team includes:

  • Jill H. Wood, Interim Director of Careers and Culture
  • John Thomas, HR Consultant
  • Greg Holliday, Senior Consultant


A cohort is selected annually to engage in the year-long program. Past cohorts are great resources to explain the program and to serve as a broader network of leaders.

Reviewed March 05, 2018.