University of Northern Colorado Senior Vice President and Provost Abe Harraf this fall will join 23 of his colleagues nationwide who were selected for an inaugural year-long national leadership program.
Harraf will participate in the "21st Century Leadership Institute for Provosts and Chief Academic Officers," sponsored by the American Academic Leadership Institute, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges.
The program's purpose is to provide professional development opportunities for select and promising provosts and chief academic officers, with a focus on preparing them for future roles as chancellors and presidents.
During the year, participants will meet twice for two-day seminars in Washington, D.C., for sessions conducted by current and former presidents, who will also serve as mentors. Readings and hands-on activities will also cover the duties central to chancellor and president to provide a better understanding of the requisite roles that have expanded through the years.
Harraf has served as UNC provost for the past two years and has more than 25 years of leadership experience in higher education. Prior to joining UNC, Harraf served as provost and chief academic officer at Southern Utah University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics, M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling; M.B.A., and B.A. in English Literature.