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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 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 2019 cohort

Event Subjects Dates Location
Fall 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.
September 18-20

The Broadway Columbia

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel

1111 E. Broadway
Columbia Mo 65201


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 July 8, 2019, and closes August 2, 2019.
  • Discuss the program with a direct supervisor and obtain endorsement for participation in the program.
  • Submit the application electronically via our Qualtrics form by  August 7, 2019.
  • 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 August 7, 2019.

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 UM Human Resources Learning and Organizational Development team at (573) 882-8855 or


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 2019-08-24