Superintendent Academy

The Thompson Executive Leadership Institute (TELI) Superintendent Academy is a nationally known advanced leadership development program for superintendents in Texas and surrounding states. Our goal is to assist successful superintendents in achieving even higher levels of discipline and growth.

To apply, or to nominate someone, to Superintendent Academy XXXII please review the information below, i.e. the academy description, the calendar and its attendance guidelines, and the membership qualifications and review their contents.

If, after you have examined the information above and you feel you meet all of the entry requirements, we invite you to CLICK on the BEGIN APPLICATION link below and complete the application process.

We look forward to seeing your application.

What We Offer

Upon completion of the Academy, Superintendents will gain the following:

Think Tank

a “think tank” atmosphere where the discussions are open and challenging


exposure to new and different ways of improving

Professional Development

training requirement to renew your administrator certificate


a new network of school superintendents with a level of trust and confidentiality


new strategies for allocating time for structured growth activities

30 Years

of Sought After Leadership Development


Superintendents accepted into the Academy will receive a scholarship to cover all education-related expenses including transportation and hotel costs for a field trip to visit several schools in Puerto Rico.


Through the Academy, you will develop a new network of school superintendents with a level of trust and confidentiality like none you have experienced before.

Begin Your Journey


Make sure you or your potential nominee is an eligible candidate before completing the nomination application.

Admission is open to all superintendents who have not attended the academy. To be eligible for consideration by the Admissions Committee, a nominee must:

  • be employed and currently serving as a superintendent of schools
  • have at least two years of experience as a school superintendent
  • be seen as a leader by his/her colleagues
  • have demonstrated that he/she is a student of his/her profession
  • have the support of his/her board

Review the institute dates to ensure that you can attend scheduled meetings and events.

Attendance at all sessions is critical to your success in the Academy. Superintendents who have schedule conflicts that require them to miss either of the first two sessions, the Visioning Conference, or more than one session during the year are asked to decline nomination until their schedules allow uninterrupted attendance.


Complete the nomination application.

Nominations are accepted until the Committee completes its work and all scholarships are awarded. Since admission is competitive and limited, many excellent superintendents have been nominated in the past and not yet been selected for no other reason than lack of space in the Academy. A special effort is made to provide maximum diversity of school size, geographic location, ethnicity and gender.