LEAD1 Association has announced that the 2023 Institute will be held on June 25-28 at the University of Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC – May 31, 2023

The LEAD1 Association (“LEAD1”), which represents the athletics directors of the 131-member schools of the Football Bowl Subdivision (“FBS”), has announced that the 2023 LEAD1 Institute will be held on June 25-28 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 2023 LEAD1 Institute is nearing max capacity for attendees from a wide range of FBS institutions and will once again present an outstanding lineup of LEAD1 Athletics Director Faculty.

On Sunday, June 25, there will be a welcome reception and a “Meet the Press” question and answer session held at the University of Michigan Golf Clubhouse featuring leading national and local sportswriters, including ESPN, The Athletic, and Sports Illustrated.

On Monday, June 26, and Tuesday June 27, LEAD1 Athletics Director Faculty and other industry experts will cover novel topics ranging from navigating campus dynamics as well as what to expect during the first 90-days to one year in the chair.

There will also be a wide variety of executive search firms in attendance including Collegiate Sports Solutions, DHR Global, Parker Executive Search, and Renaissance Search & Consulting. On Wednesday, June 28, the executive search firms will participate in a “Round Robin” format of presentations and Q&A.

Additionally, LEAD1 will once again award various scholarships to selected athletics administrators to attend the Institute. LEAD1’s Board Nominating Committee will select a recipient for the Deborah A. Yow Scholarship, which will be given to a female senior administrator who strives to continue Debbie’s legacy as a trailblazer in college sports. LEAD1 will also sponsor its current Diversity Fellowship Program members to attend. These individuals were previously selected as part of a year-long opportunity for people of color and female administrators to prepare to assume the athletics director position.

“We are thrilled to host this year’s Institute in the storied university community of Ann Arbor, Michigan,” said Tom McMillen, President, and CEO of LEAD1. “We expect to host our largest cohort to date and look forward to providing our nation’s top administrators with an opportunity to gather insight from and network amongst several leaders in our industry. We are grateful to Warde Manuel, and the rest of the University of Michigan staff for their enthusiasm to host the Institute this summer.”

For more information about event registration, hotel accommodations, and/or sponsorship information, please contact Sarah Rose (sarah@lead1a.com).

About the LEAD1 Association: LEAD1, founded in 1986 and formerly the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association, represents the athletics directors of the 130 member universities of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), that encompasses 42 states, 55,000 student athletes, and more than 25,000 athletic administrators. Key to LEAD1’s mission is advocating on policy facing NCAA Division I FBS athletic departments, promoting consensus among FBS athletic directors and providing valuable services to member schools – all dedicated towards supporting the success of student-athletes and future of college sports. Since 2015, LEAD1 has been led by the Honorable Tom McMillen, a former Congressman, college basketball All-American, Rhodes Scholar, and 11-year NBA player.

About the Institute: For more than two decades, the Institute has served as one of college sport’s premier leadership development programs designed to help senior athletics administrators prepare to become the next generation of athletic directors. Nominated participants have the opportunity to learn from sitting athletics directors who serve as faculty for the program as well as network with hiring executives from some of enterprise’s top executive search firms.

For more information, please visit http://www.LEAD1Association.com.