Leadership Development Program

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 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 here by the end of February 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 









Program Schedule for the 2020-21 LDP Cohort

  • TBD/Summer:  One day kickoff meeting
  • Wednesday, September 30:  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 another MACAC event/program
  • March:  Two day event with meeting/dinner and Participation in MACAC Day on the Hill 
  • Spring Conference:  Meeting with NACAC Representative, wrap up and recognition.
  • Ongoing:  Participation on a MACAC Committee.
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