UCCI/University of Illinois Leadership Academy

2024 Leadership Academy
UCCI/University of Illinois Extension

Session #1 - May 30-31 & June 1, 2024
Session #2 - June 27-28-29, 2024


Leadership Academy Program Coordinator
Anne Silvis, University of Illinois Extension

Two Sessions, Retreat-Style (Thursday-Saturday)
University of Illinois Champaign campus

No Fees to Participate
Participation Limited/Must Apply to Participate

 Graduates will be recognized at the UCCI Fall Conference October 25-26,2024
President Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum/Library in Springfield

Class of 2023 Graduates

Bureau, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Iroquois, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Logan, Monroe, Ogle, Richland, Rock Island, Shelby, Stephenson, Tazewell, Williamson and Winnebago Counties.
(Pictured front row center, Anne Silvis, Program Coordinator)
List of 2023 Graduates can be found at link above

Developed by University of Illinois Extension, in partnership with UCCI, the Leadership Academy provides leadership training on issues important to elected and appointed county officials, including managing change, using data for decision making, assessing your leadership style, managing economic development, crisis communications, and more. For anyone seeking to manage and lead more effectively, the Academy offers a learning network and cutting-edge information.

The curriculum is designed for county officials who want to explore innovative ideas and learn practical responses to current issues, challenges, and opportunities. Instructional sessions allow participants to learn, share, and apply on a variety of practical and pertinent topics.

Open to UCCI Member Counties

Online application below
Printable application link

 Application deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2024
One applicant per member county; additional applicants will be on the waiting list and added if there is room.

Participation is limited to 30 individuals. Participation in at least five of the six instructional days is required. There are no fees for meals, materials, or lodging. Participants who successfully complete the Academy will receive round-trip mileage reimbursement for both retreat sessions. Mileage will be paid at the IRS 2024 established rate of 67 cents per mile. Mileage will be calculated from the county seat of the member county to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign. 

Session Format (attendance is required at both sessions):
Thursday (start time noon) – Welcome luncheon and afternoon seminars
Friday – Morning & afternoon seminars
Saturday – Morning seminars (Depart mid-day)

Session Location:
I-Hotel & Conference Center, Champaign (located on the U of I campus) 

Online Application

Your application must be received by Wednesday, May 1, 2024, to be considered as a participant in the 2024 Leadership Academy.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application being received within a week of submission, please call Connie Golembeck at 217-544-5585.

Participants will receive notification of your acceptance as a member of the Class of 2024 Leadership Academy no later than Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

To apply, please complete the form below:

Applicant Information