Leadership Academy


It’s the only education program designed for community college business officers. A year long program led by industry experts, where participants engage in hands-on learning and an active mentorship.

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Designed For You

CCBO is the only organization dedicated to continuing education for community college business officers. Members will find valuable resources that help them implement gainful funding initiatives and increase collaboration among college boards and executives to continually grow campus wide resources that drive student success, recruitment, and retention.

Why Attend

The CCBO Leadership Academy?

The knowledge and learning shared in this program is the ONLY educational source geared directly FOR community college business officers, BY community college business officers targeted FOR community colleges.

The cost is reasonable, the return outstanding. Your future and the future of your institution makes this a critically important decision with a truly positive return on investment that will pay over your lifetime.

The Purpose

The Academy’s goal is to provide participants with the knowledge of the theories and practice of leadership within a community college as an institution of higher education. The Academy is designed to train the next generation of Chief Business Officers and to provide current leaders with updated information on national issues facing community colleges.

The Participants

Participants come from various departments and positions within community colleges. The Academy is open to all potential and current leaders. Applicants should have a background in some area of community college administration; however, consideration will be given to those who do not have any administrative experience. Academy participants do not need to be CCBO members to participate.

The Format

The program spans one year, beginning and ending with the CCBO Annual Conferences. The format requires that all students arrive two days prior to the CCBO Annual Conference. These two days are designed for students to have full immersion in the curriculum of the Academy. All students are expected to attend the CCBO Annual Conference following the Academy sessions and take advantage of other learning opportunities as well. This same timeline will occur for the subsequent year.

CPE Credits

Participants may earn 20 or more CPE credits. Nearly 35 hours of programming, split between two conferences, is created for participants to become immersed in discussions and activities related to leadership skills, current community college issues, and relevant topics. Please note there is a mid-year project that all participants are required to complete.

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Enrollment Fees

The cost of the Leadership Academy is $1,500, which includes Leadership Academy enrollment and Annual Conference registration for two years. Click here to download the 2019 Annual Conference Registration Form, which contains an option to register for the Leadership Academy. 

You may also register online. 


Business partners

CCBO is now extending a special invitation to our business partners to join institutional members in the Leadership Academy. This is a great opportunity for partners to better understand the higher education industry and trends, and to develop relationships with community college colleagues from across the country. Participation is limited to those companies already exhibiting at the 2019 CCBO Annual International Conference. No more than two business partners will be allowed in an Academy class.

"CCBO Leadership Academy is about empowering people through relationships, peer learning, memorable discussions, and the important decisions we face within our own communities."

– Evelyn Johnsen, Grants Compliance & Financial Manager, Dallas County Community College District, Class of 2014

"CCBO Leadership Academy adds a special layer of community within the CCBO Annual Conference. You have an opportunity to form relationships as you are being challenged to develop your leadership skills."

– Sidney Reynolds, current Leadership Academy scholar

"Participation in the Leadership Academy provided the opportunity to grow and expand on the skill set I already had. It helped me to overcome fears related to public speaking and provided a foundation to be a solid leader for my institution. Relationships with my classmates developed as well, providing a wealth of resources to draw on."

– Jennifer Fenske, Class of 2017

"The Leadership Academy shows that others are going through or have gone through the same issue you are experiencing at your institution, which allows for great conversation while discussing resolutions."

– Beth Young, Class of 2015

"When I came into higher education, I was encouraged by the then-treasurer to attend the Leadership Academy and Annual Conference, and I was hooked. CCBO members are a great resource and always willing to share successes and failures to heal colleagues in the community college arena. CCBO is the only organization I have found that exclusively supports community college business officers."

– Chris Murphy, Class of 2013

"The Leadership Academy armed me with the skills I needed to transition from comptroller to CFO. I had the technical financial skills, but I lacked the softer leadership skills."

– Charlotte Eubank, Class of 2012

The Graduates


Classes of 2018 & 2019, picture taken in Phoenix, AZ at the 2018 CCBO Annual International Conference
Leadership Academy Contacts

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PO Box 80994
Charleston, SC 29416
(434) 293-2825