Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:45

Assumption Professor Selected for National Leadership Development Program

Deborah Kisatsky, Ph.D., one of two from Massachusetts, sole representative from Worcester

D. KisatskyAssumption College is pleased to announce that Deborah Kisatsky, Ph.D., associate professor of history, director of peace and conflict studies, and director of grant development for Assumption College, is one of 45 administrators in higher education nationwide—and just one of two in Massachusetts—selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2018–2019 Senior Leadership Academy (SLA).

Individuals chosen for the yearlong program must be administrators in higher education identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Prof. Kisatsky will participate in national seminars in St. Louis, Missouri, November 2–4, 2018, and Washington, DC, June 20–22, 2019. She also will undertake a mentoring program, work with higher education experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year.

“I feel very honored and grateful to have been chosen for this opportunity,” Prof. Kisatsky said. “I am drawn to the Academy because I enjoy helping individuals and institutions realize their best vision of themselves, and I believe I can do so most effectively from a position of strategic leadership.”

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. During the next year, Prof. Kisatsky looks forward to enhancing her knowledge of the business side of higher education and to deepening her appreciation of how such factors as “demographic change, tuition costs, market vicissitudes, and political pressures shape executive decision-making.” She also seeks to learn more about institutional development, best practices associated with diversity and inclusion, and techniques of collaborative leadership.

“For more than a decade, Deborah Kisatsky has been a valuable asset for Assumption students and her faculty colleagues,” said Louise Carroll Keeley, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Professors such as Deborah, who possess a tireless and unwavering commitment to their scholarly work, as well as to the College’s mission, is what sets an Assumption education apart from others; her dedication to educating students on important topics, in particular her work as director of the peace and conflict studies program, is creating well-informed and compassionate graduates.”  

Prof. Kisatsky chaired Assumption’s History Department from 2009 to 2014; was interim Associate Provost in 2014-2015; and has served on a variety of committees supporting both the students and the mission of the College. During her time as chair, she successfully facilitated an articulation agreement between Assumption and Regis College, executed a department-wide self-study, and oversaw the creation and hiring of key positions in medieval and Latin American history. Prior to arriving at Assumption College, Prof. Kisatsky served as lecturer in history from 1996-2001 at University of Connecticut. She is the author of many articles and reviews, including The United States and the European Right, 1945-1955, and she has co-authored the two-volume textbook American Foreign Relations: A History. She received her B.A. in English and history, her M.A. in history, and a Ph.D. in history all from the University of Connecticut.

“Because the generation of senior leaders now on campus is rapidly approaching retirement, the need for able new leaders is significant,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “Competition for the available places in the program was intense, and the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Professor Kisatsky has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus.”

Sixty-one percent of participants in the first Senior Leadership Academy cohort (2010–2011) have advanced in their careers, and 28 percent of all participants in SLA thus far 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,” Ekman added.

The Academy is co-sponsored by the CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), and Academic Search, Inc. For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit www.cic.edu/SeniorLeadershipAcademy.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews