Leadership Education Program Directors, Deans, and Chairs Affinity Group

Who are we?
This community endeavors to serve the specific needs of the aforementioned constituents. This affinity group within ILA will provide a more private forum for networking and information sharing among this segment of the ILA membership. Participants in this affinity group will create specific opportunities to exchange experiences that advance the ILA's mission to promote "a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide."

What are our current priorities?
  • To connect deans, directors, and chairs of leadership programs in higher education in meaningful ways
  • To create spaces for those connections to foster collaboration and opportunities for professional mentorship
  • To discover member needs for information, connection, or other resources, and
  • To engage members in developing those resources and opportunities, in order
  • To advance one another's professional growth

How can ILA members be involved?
Members are encouraged to attend relevant round tables and panel presentations at the annual conference, and to collaborate with peers to propose and present topics relevant to leading leadership learning communities in higher education.

Past Events and Activities
2017 - 2009: Directors, Dean, and Chairs Luncheon or Dinner at the ILA Annual Global Conference 2007: First Directors, Dean, and Chairs Luncheon at ILA Vancouver

How to Affiliate With This Community
All ILA members who hold a position of dean, director, or chair of a higher education leadership program are welcome, and encouraged to join by following these steps: log in to this profile update form, scroll down and "Edit Your ILA Member Community Settings." Make sure to click Save in order to save your changes.

Contact ILA's membership team at membership@ila-net.org with any general questions about ILA's member communities.


Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Ian Sutherland is Deputy Dean for Research and Director of PhD Studies at IEDC–Bled School of Management in Slovenia. An internationally recognized expert at the intersection of arts and business, Dr. Sutherland was originally trained as a professional musician. He holds B.Mus. (Hons) and M. Mus. Degrees from the School of Music of Memorial University (Canada) and a PhD in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Exeter (UK).

Today he has an active international career as a researcher, educator and consultant combining expertise in sociology, philosophy, creativity and leadership studies. In addition to his position at IEDC-Bled School of Management, he is also an Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School, Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University, and Fellow of the Peter Pribilla Stiftung – Technische Universität München. A sought after speaker and facilitator he has delivered courses, workshops, seminars and lectures in over 20 countries around the world.

As a consultant and organizational development practitioner he has worked with companies in the pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing and defense industries. Dr. Sutherland's work occurs at the intersection of the arts and business. In particular his work is focused on leadership practice, creative and strategic processes, leveraging diversity and experiential arts-based methods of management and leadership development.

He is a co-founding editor of the journal Music and Arts in Action and the author/co-author of articles appearing in Management Learning; Organizational Aesthetics; Business Leadership Review; Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society; Emotion Review; Journal of Visual Art Practice; Music and Arts in Action. He is also co-author of the book Key Concepts in Leadership (Sage, 2012) with Prof. Jonathan Gosling and Dr. Stephanie Jones. Prior to joining IEDC-Bled School of Management he held appointments as Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter's Centre for Leadership Studies and Assistant Professor at Memorial University, Canada. ×


Mary Tolar serves as director of the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University, working with faculty and staff to provide learning experiences aligned with the mission of "developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world" for the 2500+ students involved in the school's interdisciplinary minor and extensive array of civic engagement and service-learning programs.

Her research interests include the art and practice of civic leadership development, women's pathways to leadership, and leadership development through service-learning. Tolar is a Truman Scholar, a Rhodes Scholar, founding member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, and co-author/editor of The Lucky Few and the Worthy Many: Scholarships and the World's Future Leaders (2004).

Tolar holds a bachelor's degree in history from Kansas State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership also from K-State. In between, she read for her master of letters in modern history from Oxford University, UK. ×