The Center for Higher Education is proud to announce its launch of a new website for members at  This member portal provides access to member benefits including premium content, in-depth guides, mentors, an active peer community, and online courses such as the upcoming Strategic Planning course. The portal also offers free access to the course, Higher Education Administration 101, which is available to members and non-members alike.

CHEL provides graduate students, faculty, and academic leaders with professional development, valuable resources, and a supportive community for understanding the transition from graduate student to faculty, faculty to administrator, and the development of leadership skills.

“It was clear to me that faculty leaders in many colleges and universities don’t have access to the tools they need to be successful administrators, and we have expanded to help graduate students understand the role of a faculty member, particularly when it comes to service on committees and their role in the functioning of the institution” stated co-founder, Terri Givens.

“When I was a Vice Provost at the University of Texas and Provost at Menlo College, I wished for an easily accessible source of information that could help me quickly learn what I needed to know as a higher ed administrator,” Givens said. “I realized there needed to be an accessible source for continuing education and professional development, which is why I started CHEL.”

CHEL Co-founders Terri Givens and Shelley Seale will be attending the SXSW EDU convention from March 8 through March 12 in Austin, Texas. They will be part of the “Shark Tank: EDU Edition” held by The Chronicle of Higher Education on Tuesday, March 10th, Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 412.


About The Center for Higher Education Leadership:

The Center for Higher Education Leadership was formed by Terri Givens and Shelley Seale to empower academic leaders and improve their management and leadership skills in an environment of changing demographics, financial challenges, and advances in educational technology. CHEL was born of Terri’s experience navigating these fields through her journey from department professor to administrative provost roles at universities in Texas and California.  CHEL launched in early 2019 and the company has seen rising demand for its services. It was recently invited to participate in the prestigious Newchip business accelerator

Terri Givens is the former Provost at Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area; Professor of Government and European studies at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice Provost overseeing undergraduate curriculum and spearheading global initiatives as its chief international officer.

Shelley Seale is an award-winning journalist, author and editor who has written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, The Week, The Telegraph, Texas School Business and The Business Journals, as well as numerous university publications.

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