Dr. Ankerberg selected for National Leadership Development Program

Date Posted: May 27, 2014

MILWAUKEE, WI – Wisconsin Lutheran College is pleased to announce that Dr. Erik Ankerberg, professor of English, is one of 32 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the 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. Ankerberg will participate in two seminars, one in Portland, Oregon, October 31-November 2, 2014, and one in Washington, D.C., June 24-26, 2015. He also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Ankerberg has earned degrees from both Marquette University and Concordia University Chicago. In 2010, he received the Gary Greenfield Chair of Christian Leadership Award for his proposed Honors Program and currently serves as the Chair of the School of Modern Languages at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

The purpose of the Academy is 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.

Dr. Ankerberg stated, "I am excited about the opportunity to participate in this program. It allows me to develop a set of leadership and administrative skills that can enhance my work here at Wisconsin Lutheran College."

Since the program began in the 2010-2011 academic year, 43 percent of the participants have experienced upward mobility. "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.

The Academy is co-sponsored by CIC and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) with financial support from Academic Search, Inc. and the Henry Luce Foundation. Tom Kepple, president of AALI and president emeritus of Juniata College (PA), is the program director.

For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit


Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, residential, Christian college in Milwaukee that serves nearly 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus, on-location, and online programming. The college prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, and is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education's contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.

The American Academic Leadership Institute provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education. AALI creates and implements programs and assistance for academic leaders in various administrative positions enabling them to be successful in their roles and to advance the institutions they serve. In addition, AALI supports research and publications and consults with academic leaders and boards of trustees concerning traditional and emerging issues facing higher education and its governance. Headquartered in Washington, DC, AALI and its predecessor organizations have participated in the advancement of higher education for over 30 years. A subsidiary of AALI, Academic Search Inc. (ASI), one of the nation's premier search firms since 1976, provides significant funds each year to support AALI leadership development programs. The ASI subsidy allows AALI programs to be offered at a comparatively low price.