Unity College announced today that Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Amy Knisley is one of 25 chief academic officers nationwide selected to participate in a seminar on “Leadership for the 21st Century for Chief Academic Officers” that will be held July 12-16 in Annapolis, Md.

The program is intended to foster the perspectives and skills of college and university chief academic officers that can lead to success in unpredictable times.

The program is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges, a national association of more than 600 independent liberal arts colleges and universities, and the American Academic Leadership Institute, which provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education.

“Amy Knisley has a wonderful blend of collaborative spirit, administrative depth and scholarly versatility,” said Unity College President Mitchell Thomashow. “She uses her philosophy background brilliantly — as a means to bring rigor, compassion, and virtue to leadership and change. The CIC workshop will give her the means to reflect more deeply on philosophy and leadership.”

The five-day seminar will focus on the topic of “Administrative Wisdom for Chief Academic Officers: Classic and Contemporary Readings on Leadership and Responsibility,” and will be led by John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Applicants were selected from private colleges and universities nationwide. Participants will have the opportunity to read, reflect on, and discuss key issues of leadership and responsibility with colleagues.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society.

The American Academic Leadership Institute provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education.

Unity College is a small private college in rural Maine that provides students with a liberal arts education which emphasizes the environment and natural resources.