I'm considering thinking big. Given there's at least one other concept similar to that of an Academy, I'm leaning towards a higher level OOC goal.
Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong term, use the Academy to build up power. Use the power to build up influence. Use the influence to get a low seat on the grand council. Then a high seat. Then have myself (or my younger cohort... this is a long term plan) elected Patriach when Gyr dies.
IC the founder doesn't have anywhere near this ambition yet.
RE Scion: There is a Noble Scion feat. That's more for someone who was born noble, but it could be made to work.