Leadership Development Program

The 2019-2020 school year is an off year for this program. It will return for the 2020-2021 school year. 

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a rewarding professional and personal growth opportunity sponsored by the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). Developed in 2008 by leaders in our profession, this unique program is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to investigate, define and further develop their leadership skills. Participants will also learn about the professional associations that are highly regarded by veterans in the college counseling and admissions field: MACAC and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Participants will be selected from the ranks of high school guidance counselors, career center professionals and college admission professionals, with three or more years of experience assisting students in the transition to post-secondary education. The goal of this 11-month program is to provide a training forum for emerging leaders who will take new skills back to their own institutions, as well as apply these leadership skills to their work in our professional organizations. Participants in the program will attend specific seminars and events designed to focus on leadership skills and will be paired with mentors to work with throughout the year.

The 2020-2021 LDP application will be available in the winter/spring of 2020. 

LDP Faculty Mentors 


Mike Vandenberg - Concordia College - Chair


Erik Aschenbeck - St Johns Univ/Coll of St Benedict

Katie Asfeld - Augsburg University

Steve Baker - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Casey Erickson - St Thomas Academy

Ashley Harville - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Elma Hujic - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Sara Kyle - The Blake School 

Cassie Nelson - St Catherine's University 

Kim Reed - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Brandon Wente - Concordia College 









Sample Program Schedule for the LDP cohort

  • August:  One day kickoff meeting
  • National College Fair:  Lunch/meeting following session one of the MN National College Fair.
  • November:  Meeting and session with MACAC Board during their regular meeting.
  • January:  Lunch and meeting in conjunction with the MACAC Financial Aid Workshop and training.
  • February:  Participation in Day on the Hill with MACAC Leadership and Government Relations Committee.
  • Spring Conference:  Meeting with NACAC Representative, wrap up and recognition.
  • Ongoing:  Participation on a MACAC Committee.
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