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Feezell selected for national leadership development program

April 10, 2015
By cnp
Posted in About

University of the Ozarks Provost Dr. Travis Feezell is one of 23 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent College (CIC) to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who aspire to the presidency of an independent college or university. Feezell will participate in two seminars held in Washington, D.C., as well as readings, webinars, and a mentoring program. In addition, he will develop an experiential learning plan focused on specific areas of presidential responsibility.

Provost Dr. Travis Feezell has been selected to participate in the Council of Independent College’s Executive Leadership Academy.

The Academy is designed to prepare provosts and vice presidents to serve as effective college presidents.

"Competition for the available places in the program was intense," said CIC President Richard Ekman. "The review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They, and I, believe that Dr. Feezell has the potential for highly effective leadership as a college or university president."

Feezell has served as provost at U of O since June of 2014. He came to Ozarks after serving as chair of the Department of Sport and Motorsports Management at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. He holds an Ed.D. in education and has more than 20 years of experience in higher education as an academic administrator, faculty member, athletic director and baseball coach.

"I am so excited to be a part of this program and am honored to have been selected," Feezell said. "This is one of the premiere higher education leadership development programs. I know I will grow in my knowledge and capacity because of the experience."

Since the program began in the 2009–2010 academic year, 53 percent of program participants who have completed the program have advanced to higher positions.

"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," Ekman said.

The Academy is co-sponsored by CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Tom Kepple, president of AALI and president emeritus of Juniata College (PA), is the program director.

For more information about the Executive Leadership Academy, visit