January 5–9, 2019

Orange, California


MMI in Orange California

Going into its 21st year, the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute is an ACPA signature educational program for those desiring to understand their authentic leadership, strengthen their capacities and understand self and organizational dynamics in order to lead well. The Institute, named for Donna Bourassa, Ed.D. former Associate Executive Director of ACPA, is a successful professional development resource to hundreds of colleagues in the student affairs profession.


  • Dynamic curriculum focused on identifying the complexities facing higher education and the student affairs profession and providing the resources to affect positive change.

  • Sessions dedicated to skill enhancement in the following areas:

    • Organizational Cultures

    • Supervision

    • Authentic Leadership

    • Multicultural Competencies

    • Leadership and Ethics

    • Communication and Difficult Dialogues

    • Politics of Everyday Work

    • Organizational and Transition Management

  • A highly interactive and engaging learning environment using a cohort model to affect personal and professional transformation.

Reception each year at the ACPA Annual Convention for all past participants.

Required Information

The first step in the process is for participants to submit an application.  The priority deadline for applications is Friday, 9 November 2018. After that, applications will only be considered if space is available. Please note: MMI reaches full capacity each year. Don’t wait until it is too late to apply!

The Institute is designed for professionals who have been in the student affairs field for five (5) or more years. Departmental directors who have fewer than five years’ experience are also eligible to register for the Institute.

Institute Scholarships

Two merit-based $240 scholarships are available. In addition to the application form above, a letter from your immediate supervisor is also required. The supervisor's letter should include (a) how the participant will benefit from attending the Institute, and (b) what financial constraints exist which may prevent the participant's attendance. This information should also be sent to Tricia Fechter Gates in the International Office.

Deadline date to apply for a scholarship is Friday, 9 November 2018.


Applications must be received by 9 November 2018. Upon acceptance, registration dates are as follows:

Early Bird (ends 30 November 2018)

  • ACPA members: $799

  • Non-members: $999

Regular (after 1 December 2018)

  • ACPA members: $999

  • Non-members: $1199

* All rates are in US Dollars

The registration fee includes dinner on Saturday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Sunday, breakfast and lunch Monday and Tuesday, and breakfast on Wednesday as well as refreshment breaks and all Institute materials.


Mamta AccapadiMamta Accapadi

Vice President for Student Affairs

Rollins College

Jake DiazJacob L. Diaz

Regional Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Craig ElliottCraig Elliott

Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Assistant Professor

Samuel Merritt University

Bridget KellyBridget Kelly

Associate Professor of Student Affairs

University of Maryland, College Park

Anat LevtovAnat Levtov

Director of Global Experiences and Academic Advisor

University of Iowa

Anat Levtov currently serves as the Director of Global Experiences and Academic Advisor in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa.  Anat grew up as a “Third Culture Kid”, living around the world in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Israel, and Italy. She first came to the United States as an international student to attend Dartmouth College, where she studied anthropology and psychology as an undergraduate.  Her fascination with cultures and learning led her to a career in higher education, including professional experiences in the U.S. and abroad in residence life, admissions, and international student services. In all of her positions, she has focused on collaborating with faculty and staff across campus to create an environment that supports learning inside and outside the classroom.

Anat has a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, as well as a master’s degree in Higher Education with a focus on Research, Evaluation, and Assessment from the University of Michigan.  As a graduate student at Michigan, she was part of the qualitative research team for the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education (WNSLAE), conducting hundreds of student interviews on campuses across the country. She has presented at various regional and national conferences on appreciative supervision, assessment, academic partnerships, and transitions for new professionals.  Lately, she has been intrigued by the concept of growth mindset, and she has provided trainings on this concept to peer advisors, tutors, and professionals on her campus.

Anat currently lives in Iowa City with her partner, a faculty member at the University of Iowa’s College of Education, and her two dogs.




Case WilloughbyCase Willoughby

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Butler County Community College

Case Willoughby has been a change agent in student affairs organizations for over 20 years, believing that investing in people brings growth to the organization and success to its students.  Currently serving as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Butler County Community College, his prior positions include Director of Advising at Hunter College, Director of Academic Achievement at Hostos Community College, and Class Dean at Columbia University.  Previously he consulted on the creation of Columbia’s student affairs division bringing it into alignment with student affairs research and best practices. The ACPA/NASPA Joint Task Force on Student Affairs Professional Competencies, the ACPA Senior Student Affairs Officer Advisory Board, and the Directorate of the ACPA Commission on Two Year Colleges are his most recent service roles. Additionally, Case has presented widely at national conferences and authored book reviews in leading journals.  With an Ed.D. and M.A. in Higher Education from Columbia University, an M.A. in Hispanic Civilization from NYU, and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College, Case’s formal schooling is over, but his education continues.