2024-25 Cohort of Institute participants during a class.

President's Leadership Institute

Now Accepting Applications

2024-25 Program

The President's Leadership Institute (PLI) is a one‐year professional development experience designed to build collaborative skills, offer greater insight into the College’s operations, services, and programs, and influence the next generation of leaders to serve TCC students, the greater Tallahassee community, and the vision of education nationwide.

Jim Murdaugh headshot.


“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.”

- Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President, Tallahassee Community College




A national survey of community college leaders identified the top skills necessary for effective college leadership (see AACC Competencies for Community College Leaders). The President's Leadership Institute (PLI) prepares the College’s staff for leadership responsibilities by providing participants with those skills and the perspectives hiring committees seek in candidates for leadership positions.

Five full‐day sessions and an end-of-year celebration are provided by TCC leadership along with national, statewide, and local community leaders. The agenda includes up to two additional lunch meetings and the opportunity to take part in a Day at the Capitol and legislative sessions at the Capitol Building. In addition to the bi-monthly sessions, participants will complete an Individual Leadership Action Plan and work on a team project designed to provide practical and realistic solutions tied to the College’s Strategic Plan for the current year.

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The President's Leadership Institute (PLI) is the internal tool the College uses to build the talent and drive already within its ranks into a pool of future leaders. The experiences of working and learning together in the institute build camaraderie and strengthen ties across departments, helping TCC to discover new opportunities and creative ways to serve students.


Selection to the Institute is by application only, and is open to all full-time TCC faculty and staff who excel in their day-to-day work as high performers at the College, in all ranks, levels, and departments. Interested applicants must have worked at least ONE full year to meet eligibility requirements. Additional consideration will be given to those who demonstrate a firm commitment to leadership, involvement in TCC’s campus community, and willingness to learn, innovate and work in teams. Our goal is to include a demographically diverse group of participants representing various campuses, multiple teaching disciplines, and staff from a wide range of programs, offices, and departments.

Selected participants are expected to attend all sessions and must obtain full permission from their supervisor to participate. Past participants of Leadership TCC, the College’s former leadership program, are welcome to apply as the Institute is a new program of leadership focused on entrepreneurship and internal leadership development. For additional questions, please contact, Dr. Angela Long at angela.long@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-6057.

Application Process

Are you an excellent fit for the President's Leadership Institute? If so, we encourage you to submit the following:

Application Form: To apply directly, first confirm with your supervisor that you will be granted permission to participate on the scheduled dates and times (see Potential Sessions). Once confirmed, please complete the linked application form.

NOTE: The application materials must be received by the deadline, Monday, August 12, 2024. As a candidate, it is your responsibility to follow up with your supervisor as necessary. Selected candidates will be chosen from a wide array of roles throughout campus that include a diversified body of classified staff, faculty, departmental deans, directors, and administrative staff.

Potential Sessions

  • Friday in October 2024 (Date TBD) – Full Day - Center for Innovation
  • Friday in November 2024 (Date TBD) – Full Day - Wakulla Environmental Institute
  • Friday in January 2025 (Date TBD) – Full Day - Florida Public Safety Institute
  • Friday in February 2025 (Date TBD) – Full Day - Ghazvini Center
  • Friday in March 2025 (Date TBD) – Full Day – Day at the Capitol, Center for Innovation
  • Friday in April 2025 (Date TBD)  – Luncheon - Governor’s Club
  • Friday, May 2, 2025 – Full Day – End-of-Year Retreat and Graduation, Main Campus

Delivery Methods and Format

Those selected will be required to review materials and case studies before assigned sessions and be prepared to discuss their application to TCC. In addition, each class will feature an executive guest speaker from within the College, the community, or our higher education partners to discuss issues and situations facing the College or on the strategic horizon. Full-day sessions will meet on select Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The President’s Leadership Institute will select a new cohort each year, and each cohort will be limited to 12-15 applicants.

Sample topics include, but will not be limited to:

Higher Education Governance to include the State University System, the Florida State College System, and K-12

  • An in-depth view of the organizational roles and responsibilities of various units of TCC
  • Higher Education State Funding, Grant Programs, and the College’s Foundation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Management and Leadership Best Practices
  • University Transfer Partnerships and Workforce Training/ Community Partnerships
  • Career Advancement Mentoring
  • Intrapreneurship and Innovation
  • Advancing Equity through a Culture of CARE
  • The Changing Landscape of Higher Education
  • Leadership Principles and Best Practices
  • The Future of Work and Learning
  • Budget Simulation 

Past President's Leadership Institute CohortsGroup picture on a staircase

2021-22 Cohort

PLI 2022 group photo.

2020-21 Cohort

 PLI 2020 Group photo.


Please direct questions to Dr. Angela Long, Chief Engagement Officer, at angela.long@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-6057.