Application Process

NOTE: Please check back beginning January 2025 when the next application period opens.

Who Should Apply or be Nominated?

Fellows selected to participate in the Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo are affiliated with an institution of higher learning, most likely but not exclusively a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) or an Emerging HSI, and apply or are nominated to participate in the program.  It is anticipated that the individuals who apply or are nominated to participate in the program are deemed to benefit from a program of special experiences that will help to prepare them for executive leadership roles in higher education settings. Because more individuals may apply or be nominated than can be accommodated in any given year, a wait list will be created to place selected individuals who ultimately may not be able to participate due to circumstances beyond their control.  The wait list will also be used to select participants for subsequent programs if applicants still desire to be considered. Please click here for the program brochure.


Prospective Fellows must be nominated by the President or CEO of his or her own institution.  By submitting a nomination, the institution agrees to provide the applicant with the necessary release time and support for participation in the program. La Academia de Liderazgo is for one academic year. Fellows must commit to participate in all of the scheduled seminars, meetings, and Mentor/Fellow activities.

Letters of Recommendation

Applications to La Academia require two letters of recommendation from a supervisor and/or colleague who can comment on the applicant’s talent, responsibilities and future leadership potential. 


  • A completed application.
  • A current Curriculum Vita.
  • Two references who can provide letters of recommendation.  References must be able to address the applicant’s leadership potential, skills and abilities as they relate to Presidential or CEO positions in higher education. 

Deadline:  NOTE: Please check back beginning January 2025 when the next application period opens.

Selection Process

A selection committee will review all submissions.  

Program Costs

Program cost per Fellow from a HACU-member institution is $10,000 and covers all program materials, HACU conference registrations and selected meals. Fellows will be responsible for any additional costs associated with lodging and travel to and from the program activities, meals not covered by program and incidentals. Applications/nominations from non-HACU-member institutions are also welcome and their program cost is $15,000.

**A limited number of scholarships are available for this program.  Please state in the email if you wish to be considered for a scholarship when you send in the application materials.  


Fellows receive a certificate upon completion of the program.

More Information

Individuals with questions about the program are encouraged to contact Dr. Tito Guerrero, Director of the Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo, at or at (210) 576-3222.