UT Leaders Lighting the Way

The UT Leadership Institute recognizes and trains leaders within the University to develop their skills and understanding of leadership’s role in higher education.

Similar to the academic rigor that produces top-notch researchers at the University, the institute provides a research-based foundation for UT administrators to be leadership experts. Participants practice leadership skills in a hands-on, experiential learning setting.

Formed in 1981, the institute has graduated more than 900 participants and has a lengthy list of accomplished alumni from around the state. Administrative leaders of each UT campus and institute nominate UT’s most promising employees for the Institute, which is held every other year. The UT president selects the final 40 to 50 participants. Good candidates include those who have a proven record of success and demonstrated the ability to manage and mentor others.

During the institute, during intensive small group and large group sessions, participants cover topics such as personal leadership characteristics and styles, organization dynamics and campus culture and issues surrounding higher education.