Cabinet Associates Program

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The Cabinet Associates program is dedicated to developing and sustaining a high quality of leadership that is central to Loyola Marymount University’s mission and goals.  The program is a competitive appointment to participate in a program that has three goals: (1) to provide advanced development opportunities for faculty and staff members who have already demonstrated their leadership skills in executive-level higher education administration, (2) to help Associates’ integrate their own work and leadership style with the university mission, its commitment to anti-racism, and values of inclusive excellence, and (3) to promote diversity in the leadership pipeline for higher education. This program combines mentoring and learning in a formal curriculum with a year-long placement with a member of the President’s Cabinet in one of the following areas/divisions:

  1. Academic Affairs
  2. Administration
  3. Athletics
  4. Business and Finance
  5. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  6. Marketing, Communications, and External Relations
  7. Mission and Ministry
  8. Student Affairs
  9. University Advancement

Associates work on special projects and activities identified by senior leadership mentors, attend meetings and events, and participate in leadership development workshops and activities. Applicants who are interested to apply must be nominated by their Dean or Division Head.

"The Cabinet Associates Program is unlike any other development or leadership program - it pairs world-class mentoring and research with unparalleled access and insight into high-level decision making and strategic thinking all within the context of a supportive peer cohort. I'm beyond grateful to LMU for this program! The connections I've made and lessons I've learned will last me through my career." - Nicola Monat-Jacobs, CAP 2020

"As a long-time faculty member in the School of Film and Television participating in the SVP Fellows program was an eye-opening experience. During the program I often felt like I was in "The Wizard of Oz" and seeing behind the curtain for the first time. Through the program I gained a greater understanding for the complexity and challenges of running a university and working with Lynne Scarboro - LMU's Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer - and her team was both fun and educational. The knowledge and perspective I gained by participating has helped me to be a better colleague and leader in my academic department and school, and I highly recommend the program." - Gregory Ruzzin, CAP 2017

" The Cabinet Associates Program gave me the opportunity to deepen my understanding of higher education leadership at Jesuit Universities. The curriculum and the cohort of colleagues provided a framework and a process to examine the research, theories, and practices in Higher Jesuit Education.   The firsthand experience of shadowing and being mentored by a cabinet level leader allowed me to discern the complexity of decision making and problem-solving.  The program also allows for an overview of LMU's governance and organizational structure as well as the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Cabinet Associates Program was an exceptional opportunity to further my knowledge of higher education leadership, LMU's mission and Ignatian tradition, and network across campus." - Francesca Piumetti, CAP 2015


September 2021 to April 2022

  • Academic year placement with a member of the President’s Cabinet.

    • Participation in management meetings, events, projects, and initiatives to gain perspective on cabinet level-university leadership.
    • Completion of a specific project under the guidance of a Cabinet mentor.

    Monthly meetings with other Cabinet Associates, including readings and group discussion on theory and research in the field of higher education. 

    • Self-evaluation and feedback provided during a simulated interview process to receive authentic feedback for professional development purposes.
    • Interaction with guest speakers selected to enhance professional development and to provide networking opportunities across LMU. 


    • Effective Academic Leadership
    • Trends and Issues in American Higher Education
    • Issues in Catholic, Jesuit Higher Education and the University Mission
    • Making Diversity Work on Campus
    • Crisis Management
    • Leading and Managing Institutional Change
    • Mock Interviews
    • Project Presentations
  • The LMU Cabinet Associates Program provides opportunities to:

    • Broaden and deepen an understanding of LMU’s Catholic and Jesuit Mission
    • Understand LMU’s governance and organizational structures
    • Prepare individuals aspiring to high-level administration leadership positions to gain perspective on university leadership and operations. 
    • Develop leadership skills through the mentor/mentee relationship and opportunities for feedback and self-reflection.
    • Acquire cutting-edge knowledge about higher education trends and issues
    • Understand the role of equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education.
    • Create a stimulating, supportive intellectual community with peers through monthly dialogues, reflections, and readings related to leadership in higher education. 
    • Build networks across the University
  • Faculty and staff from any area of the University who are recognized for their outstanding leadership potential are invited to participate in the program. Participants must be full-time faculty who hold the rank of Associate or Full Professor or Mid- to High- level Administrators who have a minimum of five years of leadership experience at LMU or the equivalent. It is highly recommended that candidates complete Leading Institutional Units and Programs | Inclusive Excellence before participating in the Cabinet Associates program.

    There is no stipend offered or expectation of an administrative position at the conclusion of the program. Faculty receive release from service obligations and staff receive appropriate release time from administrative duties during the program.


 For more information about the program, please contact Joseph Bernardo at or (310) 338-1698.