What Is the Senior Executive Institute?

The Senior Executive Institute offers an integrated approach to professional development for local government leaders and managers. We aim to help train leaders that will confidently direct their organizations. Our program consists of an intense two week course with involved community leaders and innovative government organizers focused on creating effective, high performance local governments around the world. 

Program Curriculum

We teach local government leaders to create efficient systems and envision brighter futures for their communities. 

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Weekends offer numerous recreational choices convenient to Charlottesville. 

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Join our esteemed alumni who have successfully completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.

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"SEI was a transformative experience for me. It connected the dots between my job as a local government manger and the higher moral purpose served by the democratic process. SEI made one of the hardest jobs in the world fun and fulfilling by transforming frustration with a political process into excitement over a governance process. It has helped me empower my departments and staff, not by managing them, but by needing, challenging and trusting them. I still have high expectations, but they are now accompanied by an authentic connection to all of my staff that goes beyond the job. I think I am a far better manager in all capacities because of SEI. This includes enabling our elected body to govern, building community and creating a world class organization. A true testament to SEI is the number of chief administrative officers who send members of their staff through the program after attending it themselves. I and one of my staff received a partial scholarship to attend SEI which enabled our small organization to reap the program’s leadership benefits. Without the scholarship, a small community would struggle to send staff to such a rewarding program."
C. James Ervin
Town Manager
Town of Rocky Mount, Virgina
Looking for our LEAD program?

In addition to the Senior Executive Institute we also run a second program called the LEAD program. Many of our SEI alumni send their staff through LEAD to improve their team effectiveness. It's a week long program that greatly enhances anyone's abilities to effectively organize and motivate those around them. You can find out more on our companion website for the LEAD program.