In 2012, the Leadership Institute celebrated its 30-year anniversary. To commemorate this event, Bob Levy and Katie High, former and interim Vice President for Academic Affairs respectively, reflected on the origins of the institute and its early years. Watch the videos below to learn more about the institute’s rich history.

Inception of the Institute

In 1979, John Prados tasked Bob Levy with developing curriculum to help academic department heads be more effective administrators.

Two Communities – One Institute

Early on, a decision was made to bring academic and non-academic administrators together for one institute.

The Early Institute

The early institute took place at Henry Horton State Park where participants had roommates and tried new activities.


This exercise is one of the most memorable for participants. Katie and Bob discuss its origins.

The Horn

Past participants have not forgotten the horn. Discover where it came from and its purpose at the institute.