The Leading Change Institute brings together information sector leaders, including deans, librarians, and information technologists who seek to inspire, advocate for, and advance change in in today’s increasingly ambiguous and rapidly changing higher education environment.

Since 2000, the Institute has taken on critical issues in higher education, such as new sources of competition, use of technology in teaching and learning, distance learning, changing modes of scholarly communications, and the increasing focus on the student experience.  

Institute Fellows, together with the deans and other thought leaders from the community, contemplate the impact of all of these issues and discuss effective approaches to leading during change. Speakers from a wide range of disciplines then bring real-life issues being faced in their institutions and the Institute Fellows are challenged to devise and propose solutions.

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2020 LCI: Key Dates

  • Jan. 17

    Application deadline

    Last day to submit applications

  • Mar. 2

    Notifications to applicants

    Class of 2020 is announced

  • May 31

    2020 LCI

    2020 LCI held in Washington, DC on May 31-June 5

2020 Deans

Deans Joanne Kossuth and Elliott Shore have led the Institute since 2012.

Joanne Kossuth currently acts as the Chief Innovation Officer for Mitchell College, where she is responsible for educational, administrative and enterprise technologies as well as for library information services, dining services, campus safety, and auxiliary enterprise management. In addition, Joanne has established her own business, 1MountainRoad, focused on supporting higher education through consultation, implementation practices, and services and leadership development. She has been involved for a number of years in NERCOMP and EDUCAUSE, where she has served on the board, and in 2014 she received their award for Community Leadership. Joanne and Elliott developed the pedagogy of the Leading Change Institute in 2012 and they have co-led it ever since.

Elliott Shore served as the Association of Research Library’s (ARL) Executive Director, and subsequently as a Senior Advisor to the Board from 2013-2018. He engaged in a listening tour of three-quarters of the 125 member institutions and led a Strategic Thinking and Design process that developed a system of action for the organization. He served on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Council on Education (ACE) during his time at ARL. He co-led three cohorts of the ARL Leadership Fellows Program. At the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Elliott has several leadership roles, serving as co-dean in CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries program since its inception in 2003, co-founder of the CLIR/CIOs group, and a mentor to the CLIR Mellon Dissertation Fellows in Original Research. Elliott was the Constance A. Jones director of libraries, CIO, and professor of history at Bryn Mawr College, and before that, head of the Historical-Studies Social Science Library at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has published in many fields of history—his latest book, co-authored with Katie Rawson, is Dining Out: A Global History of Restaurants.