Building Presidential Excellence Through Senior Mentoring Partnerships
Introducing the Coaching Staff
(L-R) Dr. Jim Barnes, President Emeritus, Indiana Wesleyan University
Dr. Sherrill Babb, President Emeritus, Cairn University
Dr. Larry McKinney, President Emeritus, Simpson University
To enhance and enrich the leadership impact of ABHE presidents through a one-on one Executive Coaching journey that engages current presidents with high-capacity veteran presidents for a one or two-year mentoring partnership
Coach Selection: A president selects his/her preferred mentor from the recommended team of ABHE Executive Coaches. These include:
- Dr. Jim Barnes, Knoxville, TN
- Dr. Sherrill Babb, Asheville, NC
- Dr. Larry McKinney, Orlando, FL
The program would began with an initial campus visit by the executive coach to meet with the president and other groups deemed prudent such as the president’s cabinet, board chair, faculty, etc. The primary purpose of this initial one or two-day visit is to provide a contextualization for future conversations. This would include an overview of the current status of the institution, review of the strategic plan and SWOT analysis, and major desired outcomes of the mentoring journey.
The president and executive coach agree upon the start and end dates for the first year of coaching and set a tentative schedule of monthly phone meetings.
At least two weeks prior to each monthly phone meeting, the president would provide his/her coach with a discussion outline including notes on most important issues, ideas, problems, and initiatives to be discussed.
The president may contact the coach for counsel anytime between meetings to discuss urgent issues that may arise.
At the annual close of the coaching journey, the president and executive coach will meet again, preferably in Orlando, Fl with the program advisor and ABHE VP, David Medders, to review major areas of personal and professional growth and provide a comprehensive evaluation of the Executive Coaching Journey. The final debriefing may coincide with other ABHE events held in Orlando to minimize travel costs.
Cost & Payment
The cost for the ABHE Executive Coaching program is $5,000 per year. In addition, the institution would pay for travel expenses for the campus visit and final debriefing. Payments would be paid directly to the Executive Coach and per a mutually agreed upon payment schedule. Limited scholarships are available.
To begin the application process, click here.