President's Leadership Institute

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The President's Leadership Institute (PLI) is a nine-month professional development opportunity for TCC employees. Participants will build relationships with colleagues and learn more about TCC and the higher education context in which TCC operates. Full‐day sessions are conducted by TCC Cabinet members and community leaders. The Institute agenda also includes a mini-retreat, campus visits, and an opportunity to attend Higher Education Day at the Capitol.


TCC’s President’s Leadership Institute prepares the College’s faculty and staff for leadership responsibilities by providing participants with knowledge and leadership skills, as well as the perspectives of hiring committees in seeking candidates for leadership positions. The President’s Leadership Institute shapes the talent and drive already within its ranks of future leaders. The experience of working and learning together in the institute builds camaraderie and strengthens ties across departments, helping TCC to discover new opportunities and creative ways to serve students.

The institute builds collaborative skills, offers greater insight into the College’s operations, services, and programs, and influences the next generation of leaders to serve TCC students, the greater Tulsa community, and the vision of education nationwide.


Full-time employees who have worked at TCC in a full-time position for at least one year are eligible for nomination. The College seeks a diverse group of participants representing various campuses, multiple teaching disciplines, and staff from a wide range of programs, offices, and departments. Those selected are expected to commit to attending all sessions.

Nomination & Selection

TCC Cabinet members will nominate individuals from their respective departments who demonstrate leadership potential and interest in engaging more with the College community. All nominations are submitted to the President & CEO for final selection. The Institute is open to all full-time TCC faculty and staff members, of all ranks, levels, and departments.

For questions, contact Dr. Lindsay White, Chief Strategy Officer, at or 918-595-7868.

Delivery Methods & Format

Sessions are held once a month on Fridays, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and participants will have readings and outside-class assignments. Classes will feature executives from within the College, the community, and our higher education partners to discuss issues facing the College or on the strategic horizon. The President’s Leadership Institute will select a new cohort each year, and each cohort is limited to 20-25 participants.