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A Letter from the Middle Management Institute Committee

Middle Management Institute


Within the admission profession there is a belief that if you still love the work after three years, you are likely here to stay. With several years under your belt you may be an aspiring or recently promoted middle manager wondering how to navigate what’s next given your current responsibilities.

At the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling’s Middle Management Institute (MMI), we will help you learn more about your leadership and communication style, how you can use your skills to better serve your institution, as well as provide best practices for being a self-advocate and communicating your needs to your supervisor. A wide range of speakers offer a wealth of experience and perspective regarding what it means to successfully take that next step in your career and to be a leader within enrollment management. This two day workshop will also give you an opportunity to explore your goals, develop a plan of action for future conversations regarding your career path, and network with other like-minded professionals.

Zak George, Lake Forest College, expressed, “I learned about MMI during the Illinois ACAC Annual Conference and was encouraged to look further into the opportunity after hearing enthusiastic reviews from other colleagues. At the time, I was unaware my current role was in middle management and lacked some of the necessary tools to navigate these experiences successfully. Attending MMI allowed me to better understand myself, my leadership and communication style as well as that of my supervisor, and gain a broader perspective for the role middle management plays within an organization. It was an excellent opportunity to learn from other professionals who share similar experiences within their positions and goals within their career.”

As a seasoned, or in some cases, not so seasoned, professional in college admissions, we invite you to join us for this year’s MMI, June 6– 7, 2013 at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. The application can be found here. Cost is $150 per participant and includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch both days, and a networking reception with participants and speakers on June 6th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of the co-chairs, Nate Bargar (773-661-2534) or Anne Kremer (773-325-7693).

We hope many of you will either consider joining us and or encourage someone else to attend. We look forward to learning with you at the 2013 Middle Management Institute!


The Middle Management Committee

Nate Bargar, Illinois State University
Zak George, Lake Forest College
Anne Kremer, DePaul University
Stephanie Levinson, Elmhurst College
DJ Menifee, Western Illinois University
Julie Nelson, Xavier University

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