Nichols College launches graduate Leadership Academy

September 29, 2023

DUDLEY, Mass. – The Graduate School at Nichols College is launching a Leadership Academy designed for professionals looking to advance their careers, with the first session starting on Tuesday, September 26. The Leadership Academy is led by management expert Robin Frkal, Ph.D., Dean of The Graduate School at Nichols College, and features the expertise of Nichols faculty, Nichols graduate program leaders and partners.

Nichols will launch its first Academy session through a collaboration with the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA), an association of public and private accredited colleges and universities in central Massachusetts. The HECCMA Leadership Academy program is designed to help members of the academic community enhance their leadership skills and pilot their organizations through change and innovation.

“We are excited to present exciting opportunities for training and career advancement to our communities through our new Leadership Academy,” said Frkal. “The Academy provides a much-needed avenue of delivery for leadership training, and reflects the innovative mindset that our participants can also discover within the class sessions. The HECCMA Leadership Academy is a product of true collaboration between The Graduate School and the consortium to ensure academic leaders can advance their institutions during these periods of growth and change.”

The Nichols-HECCMA program will offer a mix of in-person events and virtual sessions and is open to all HECCMA school faculty and staff aiming to improve their leadership skills. Already more than 35 participants, representing nine of the 10 Consortium institutions, have signed up for the program.

The upcoming program will discuss DEI and fostering inclusive environments, leading groups and teams, strategic thinking, budgets and using data, mentoring and coaching, and trends in higher education. The session will feature Nichols faculty experts as well as partners such as Dr. Calvin Hill, Vice President for Inclusion and Community Engagement at Springfield College and Nichols alum Christopher Cox ’92, Higher Education Assurance Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

About Nichols

Nichols College has earned business accreditation from the prestigious Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide. Founded in 1815, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Nichols offers real-world learning focused on professional depth – combined with vibrant living, competitive athletics, and an unmatched alumni advantage – equipping students to exceed their own expectations.


The Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA) is an association of public and private accredited colleges and universities in central Massachusetts. HECCMA is committed to working collaboratively to further the missions of member institutions.

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