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The Leadership Institute is a separate event from the Annual Conference requiring separate registration. However, it is held immediately prior to the Annual Conference to make it convenient for persons wishing to attend both events. In its third year, the Leadership Institute focus will be on “Fundraising for the Dean and Faculty”.

The ability to secure donor funding from the local business community and from business school alumni is a growing requirement to be a successful head of the business unit. That is the focus of the Leadership Institute in the third year of offering this unique program designed for the dean, department chair, director, or other title given to the person who is the responsible for the management direction of the business school, department, or similarly named business unit.

The goal of the 2014 Leadership Institute program is to equip Deans and other business school leaders with the resources to create, develop, and enhance their fundraising efforts. Given that fundraising at the baccalaureate/graduate degree level can be different from that at the community college, we will offer combined and separate educational programming for each degree level.

Five learning points have been identified for this program at the Leadership Institute:

  • Greater understanding of development fundamentals.
  • Exposure to modern best practices and models in establishing a development office or working with the resources available in your institution.
  • Ability to assess a fundraising operation and develop metrics to measure its progress.
  • Increased confidence in personal solicitation (“asking”) skill and developing proposals.
  • Where to find the resources inside and outside the School to change an average performing program into a lean, high performing program.

A detailed program description is provided for download.

Given the impact of charitable giving laws in the United States, the focus at this Leadership Institute will have a USA centric focus. There will not be a strong emphasis on international fundraising. There are tentative plans for presentation of this topic as part of a Leadership Institute to be conducted at the 2014 International Conference on November 27-30, 2014 in Athens, Greece.

Fees and Registration

Registration for the 2014 Leadership Institute is through Online Registration. Paper forms are available by request.

The cost is $289 for the first member attendee/$209 for the second member attendee/$349 for a nonmember attendee. Registration for this event is entirely separate from the Annual Conference. On Thursday, June 26, participants will attend a Networking Luncheon, followed by afternoon programming focus on fundraising principles for any business unit. Attendees at the morning sessions on Friday, June 27, will be divided into two groups. One group will attend a session focused on baccalaureate/graduate degree schools and the other for those affiliated with associate degree schools. Registration includes the Opening Luncheon of the ACBSP Annual Conference. There is ample time for questions and discussion.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Felix A. Okojie photoDr. Felix A. Okojie is currently a joint Professor of Higher Education and Public Health at Jackson State University.

In his prior executive leadership positions in research and development, he played pivotal roles in Jackson State University’s research and fund raising campaigns culminating in the university receiving over $800 million in sponsored programs and fund raising activities during the fifteen year time frame. These activities lead to the university being designated as a “high research activity” institution by the Carnegie Foundation and currently ranked by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as second among HBCU’s in research and development expenditures.

Dr. Okojie is highly published and has consulted with several universities and private organizations at the national and international levels on fund raising winning strategies.

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