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Next Leaders Fellowship Applications Open – Deadline 12/31/22

Written by Michael G. Cato, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College, in partnership with EDUCAUSE, NERCOMP, and a group of supporting institutions and organizations are excited to invite applications for the 2023-2024 cohort of the Next Leaders Fellowship (NLF). NLF is designed to identify talented information and technology professionals from BIPOC and other historically excluded backgrounds in higher education, and work to advocate for and support their pursuit of senior leadership roles. The inaugural NLF cohort of Fellows is now in their ninth month together and we are eager to build on the successes of this first year. We encourage you to learn more about the program and consider applying for or sharing it with others.

NLF Fellows spend a year as part of a cohort of peers who: 

  • Benefit from the mentorship of a community of accomplished senior information and technology leaders
  • Participate in professional learning and development experiences
  • Develop extended relationships with search consulting firms
  • Engage with institutional leaders, human resources professionals, and other NLF partners
  • Explore how their identities may influence and shape how they navigate their careers 
  • Participate in the 2023 NERCOMP and EDUCAUSE annual conferences, with registration, travel, and lodging covered by NLF

NLF is not intended to compete with or replace other leadership development programs; it is intended to serve as an interconnecting resource-explicitly recruiting a cohort of diverse Fellows, creating a community among and around them, and providing mentorship and coaching throughout the program year.

Additionally, each Fellow will be sponsored to participate in one existing professional development experience of their choice (e.g., EDUCAUSE Institutes, Leading Change Institute, MOR Leaders Program). NLF sponsorship will include advocacy in support of their application to those programs, covering the costs of registration, and providing $1,000 towards travel, lodging and other participation costs.

Applications are now being accepted for the program year from March 2023 through February 2024. To learn more and to apply please visit

NLF is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, December 14th from 5:30-6:30pm with Fellows from the current cohort and NLF Mentors to share from their experiences and answer questions about the program, the application process, or other areas that might be helpful. We will record and share the webinar as well.

  • When: December 14, 2022; 5:30 – 6:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Topic: Next Leaders Fellowship (NLF) 2023-2024 Application Informational/Overview Webinar
  • Register in advance for this webinar:
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NLF Mentors, Sponsors, and Partners are committed to developing and supporting a new generation of diverse IT leadership in higher education, and we believe that the Fellowship will be an important part of that work. We hope as you learn more about NLF, you will join our effort by applying or sharing this information with the emerging leaders of diverse backgrounds that you know.

Next Leaders Fellowship Mentors,

  • Sherri Braxton, Senior Director for Digital Innovation, Bowdoin College
  • Steven Burrell, Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Northern Arizona University
  • Michael Cato, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Bowdoin College
  • Raechelle Clemmons, Leader, Partner Business Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Tonjia Coverdale, Associate Vice President, Finance Technology, Nationwide Insurance
  • Keith ‘Mac’ MacIntosh, Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO), University of Richmond
  • Kimberley Marshall, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Morehouse College
  • Tony Moore, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Prairie View A&M University
  • José Rodriguez, Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Pomona College
  • Jenn Stringer, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer, University of California, Berkeley
  • Stan Waddell, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cheryl Washington, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), University of California, Davis