Ashland University’s Dr. Scott Van Loo Selected for National Leadership Development Program

Ashland University’s Dr. Scott Van Loo Selected for National Leadership Development Program

4/11/14 ASHLAND, OH – Dr. Scott Van Loo, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Ashland University, is one of only 23 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who aspire to the presidency of independent colleges or universities. As a participant, Van Loo will attend two seminars held in Washington, D.C., as well as readings, webinars and a mentoring program. In addition, he will develop an experiential learning plan focused on specific areas of presidential responsibility.

The purpose of the academy is to prepare provosts and vice presidents to serve as effective college presidents.

“Competition for the available places in the program was intense,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They and I believe that Dr. Van Loo has the potential for highly effective leadership as a college or university president.”

Van Loo joined AU as vice president of enrollment management and marketing in 2011. In that role he directs the undergraduate and graduate admission and enrollment areas as well as the marketing, public relations and financial aid areas on campus.

Van Loo has a Ph.D. in educational leadership higher education from the University of Dayton, a Master of Arts in educational leadership higher education from Wright State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cedarville University.

Ashland University President Dr. Frederick Finks was pleased that Van Loo was selected for the program.
“Scott has been a tremendous asset to Ashland University in a number of administrative areas,” Finks said. “Scott is an analytical thinker and has demonstrated great leadership in his role at Ashland. Not only does he have expertise in the areas of recruiting and enrollment management, but he has the ability to understand and solve complex issues in a university environment.”

Since the program began in the 2009-2010 academic year, several vice presidents have become presidents. “These indicators suggest that CIC is helping to meet the leadership needs of higher education by offering highly effective leadership development programs for modest fees to member institutions,” Ekman said.

The Academy is co-sponsored by CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities with financial support from Academic Search, Inc. and the Henry Luce Foundation. Tom Kepple, president of AALI and president emeritus of Juniata College (PA), is the program director.

For more information about the Executive Leadership Academy, visit

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 744 non-profit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of 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.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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