UCCI/University of Illinois Leadership Academy

UCCILeadership Academy


The Leadership Academywas developed by the University of Illinois in partnership with United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) to provide leadership training on issues important to elected and appointed county officials.   For anyone seeking to manage and lead more effectively, the Academy offers a learning network and a connection to cutting edge information.

 The Curriculum is designed for county officials who want to explore new ideas and learn practical methods that are relevant to current issues, challenges and opportunities across the state.  The five interactive sessions are structured to allow participants to learn, share, and apply on a variety of practical and innovative topics.

Academy requirements: Completion of the Academy requires active participation at no fewer than four of the five sessions and completion of an essay or final project that describes the learning experience with expectations for application. Those who complete the Academy will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Illinois, and will be recognized at a graduation reception and ceremony hosted by UCCI.

Participation: There are no fees for meals, materials, or lodging; but, you must apply to participate. Participation is limited to 30 individuals, so it may be necessary to limit registration to one or two individuals from each county.  Before you apply, please make sure you can attend at least four of the five sessions.

Online Application is available below.  Printable Brochure/Application available here.

For more information, please contact:  Anne H. Silvis, University of Illinois Extension - Community & Economic Development.  Phone: 217-333-5126 - Fax: 217-244-5403 - Email:


Please note that all sessions of the 2019 Leadership Academy program will be held at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, located in Champaign; and, that the Recognition Ceremony for graduates will be held on Friday, October 25th, in Springfield at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

Session Duration Meeting Dates Meeting Room
1 1 1/2 days May 17-18, 2019
Homewood Suites
by Hilton (Champaign)
2 1 day June 15, 2019
Homewood Suites
by Hilton (Champaign)
3 1 day July 20, 2019
Homewood Suites
by Hilton (Champaign)
4 1 day September 7, 2019
Homewood Suites
by Hilton (Champaign)
5 1 1/2 days October 4-5, 2019
Homewood Suites
by Hilton (Champaign)
6 6:30 p.m. October 25, 2019
Recognition Ceremony
Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum,


Leadership Fundamentals; Improving Your Management Skills

Change Management; Fiscal Management

Managing Economic Development

Data-Driven Decision Making

Parliamentary Procedure; Ethical Considerations; Leadership in Crisis Situations; Crisis Communications 
                                         Online Application 

 Application Deadline is April 1, 2019

You must apply by April 1, 2019 to participate in the Leadership Academy.

You will receive notification of your acceptance as a member of the Class of 2019 Leadership Academy from Anne H. Silvis at the University of Illinois.

To apply, please complete the form below:

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