Student Development Leader Executive Training & Certification

Growing Leaders for a Growing Movement

What are the gifts and graces, skills and competencies that mark a distinguished Student Development Leader? Explore the diverse range of responsibilities and learn from veteran campus leaders how to create and nurture a thriving campus culture.

Student Development Leader Training Program Curriculum

The seven areas of training outlined below form the structure for this executive training program, specifically designed to prepare Student Development Leaders to serve with greater competency and expanded capacity. The bullets under each section identify the various presentations that will be offered over a two year cycle, delivered during Fall conferences and the Annual Meetings – a total of over 35 different workshops as part of the training program.


Effective Leadership from the Student Development Leader

  • The Essential Responsibilities of the Student Development Leader
  • Cultivating a Safe, Spiritually Vibrant & Student-Friendly Campus Environment
  • Engaging Faculty for Campus Synergy
  • Exigency Plans & Disaster Response
  • Effective Management of Student Life Records
  • Understanding the Values & Worldview of Current Students


Leading An Effective Student Development Leadership Team

  • Recruiting & Leading an Effective Student Development Team
  • Leadership Evaluation, Promotion & Transition
  • Student Leadership Development
  • Essentials of HR Policies & Procedures
  • Developing Campus & Residence Life Leadership


Student Development Leader & Presidential Partnership

  • Leading from the 2nd Chair – Roles & Responsibilities
  • Cultivating Team Synergy with the President & Cabinet
  • Safeguarding & Cultivating Campus Culture
  • Enhancing Community Relationships
  • The SDO & Resource Development


Student Accountability & Discipline

  • Crafting & Implementing a Student Handbook
  • Wise Implementation of Disciplinary Procedures & Communications
  • The Sprit & Nature of Restorative/Developmental Discipline
  • Crafting & Communicating an Effective Community Covenant
  • First Response Protocols for Students


Residence Life & Culture

  • Student Conflict Resolution
  • Creative Ideas for Energizing Student Morale
  • Designing & Leading Culture-Enriching Events
  • Identifying & Removing Culture Killers


Managing Mission-Fit Athletic Programs

  • Leadership of Athletic Programs
  • Assessing & Choosing the Right Athletic Programs
  • Recruiting & Managing Athletic Leadership
  • Design, Construction & Maintenance of Athletic Facilities & Equipment
  • Engaging the Campus in Athletic Programs


Campus Safety & Regulation Compliance

  • Management of Campus Health, Safety & Security
  • Managing Government Regulations & Compliance
  • Establishing Policies & Procedures for Government Compliance
  • Policies & Procedures for Harassment, Assault, Injury & Suicide
  • Creating Effective Networks with Public Responders

Executive Training and Certification Program


  • $100

100 Points Required to Complete the Certification Program 

  • Program to be delivered over two years
  • May be entered into at any time
  • Total of 4 events to include 8 presentations during each 2-Day Conference/Annual Meeting
  • Total of 32 presentations plus other electives during Annual Meeting
  • 1 1/2 Day Training Conference – Onsite – 15 points | Virtual 10 points
  • 2-Day Training Conference – Onsite – 20 points | Virtual 15 points
  • 2-Day Training [Thursday & Friday] During Annual Meeting – 20 points 
  • 1-Day Training During Annual Meeting Wednesday Forum – 10 points 
  • Personal Assessment and Development Plan – 10 points 
  • Personal Engagement in Position for 3 years and supervisor evaluation – 10 points

Program Coordinators

David MeddersDavid Medders
Executive Vice President