Pribbenow Named to CIC Leadership Program

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Madison, Wis. (May 8, 2019) – Edgewood College is pleased to announce that Dr. Dean Pribbenow, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean, is one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the year-long Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program for prospective college and university presidents. Dean Pribbenow

The seminar-based program is designed to help individuals with the potential to serve as college and university presidents to clarify the alignment between their personal and professional values and goals and the missions of institutions that they might lead in the future. With a wave of retirements of university presidents on the horizon, it is especially important that individuals who become new presidents are well suited to the culture of the institution. The program aims to produce presidencies that are highly effective, long lasting, and satisfying to both the individual and the institution.

Participants, including Pribbenow, will engage in two seminars, participate in consultations with experienced facilitators, and undertake a series of readings about the vocation of college presidents and the role of vision and mission in institutional leadership.

“The alignment of personal vocation and institutional mission emphasized in this program addresses a common pitfall of presidencies,” Richard Ekman, CIC President, said. “The program aims to help participants achieve great things for their institutions and to avoid being ‘the right person in the wrong place.’”

Dr. Dean Pribbenow has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean since July 2012. Prior to his current role, he served as Dean of the School of Integrative Studies for more than five years. Dr. Pribbenow has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Luther College, a Master of Science degree in Counseling from UW-Whitewater, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from UW-Madison.
“As a past participant in the program, I can say with great certainty that Dr. Pribbenow will both derive benefit and contribute to the quality of the experience for his peers,”  Scott Flanagan, President of Edgewood College, said. “His decade of experience as a senior administrator, his interest in the concept of vocation, and his desire for continuous learning align perfectly with the structure of the program, and I am excited for Dean to have this opportunity.”  

About the CIC
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 770 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. For more information, visit