Bucklew & Shor Participating in CIC National Leadership Programs

Philippi, W.Va. – Associate Provost Dr. Andrea Bucklew and Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Eric Shor are participating in National Leadership Programs hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).


Dr. Bucklew is one of 45 mid-level administrators to be selected to the 2017-2018 Senior Leadership Academy. Individuals chosen for the year-long program are administrators in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities.

Bucklew participated in the opening seminar in San Antonio, Texas, November 3-5, 2017. She has undertaken a mentoring program, worked with experts, participated in webinars, and engaged in a series of readings and case studies this academic year and will participate in the closing seminar in Washington, D.C., June 21-23, 2018.

Dr. Bucklew assumed the role of Associate Provost in June of 2016. She joined the faculty of Alderson Broaddus University in August 2012. Since then, she has served as a Professor of Criminal Justice and as Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree both from West Virginia University. In 2016, she was honored with the “Outstanding Faculty of the Year” award given by the Alderson Broaddus Student Government Association.

The Academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education.

Sixty-one percent of participants in the first Senior Leadership Academy cohort (2010–2011) have advanced in their careers, and 25 percent of participants in the recently completed 2014–2015 cohort already have earned more advanced positions. “These indicators suggest that CIC is helping to meet the leadership needs of higher education by offering highly effective leadership development programs for modest fees to member institutions,” said CIC President Richard Ekman.

Dr. Shor is one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the CIC to participate in a year-long Presidential Vocation & Institutional Mission program. The seminar-based program is designed to help individuals with the potential to serve as college and university presidents to clarify the alignment between their personal and professional values and goals and the missions of institutions that they might lead in the future. With a wave of retirements of university presidents on the horizon, it is especially important that individuals who become new presidents are well suited to the culture of the institution. The program aims to produce presidencies that are long lasting, highly effective, and satisfying to both the individual and the institution.

Dr. Shor has been with Alderson Broaddus University since 1999 when he was first hired as an athletic trainer and was integral in helping the athletic training program gain accreditation. Dr. Shor served as the Associate Provost prior to his appointment as the Vice President for Enrollment Management in January of 2016.

Participants, including Dr. Shor, will engage in two seminars, participate in consultations with experienced facilitators, and undertake a series of readings about the vocation of college presidents and the role of vision and mission in institutional leadership.

“The alignment of personal vocation and institutional mission emphasized in this program addresses a common pitfall of presidencies,” said Ekman. “The program aims to help participants achieve great things for their institutions and to avoid being ‘the right person in the wrong place.’”

This approach to the preparation of new presidents has proven highly successful in the period that the program has been operating. Since 2005, 53 program participants (33 percent) have been named to college presidencies—a very high rate of advancement among leadership development programs.