Sessions with Western Carolina University’s chancellor and provost and in-depth discussions about four books focusing on leadership development highlight the 2016-17 schedule for the 13 new members of WCU’s Leadership Academy.
The university’s program that is designed to grow leaders from the ranks of the faculty and staff began Friday, Sept. 9, with the new members gathering to talk about their leadership styles and engage in several team-building activities, one of which was led by Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar and Associate Provost Brandon Schwab.
Fourteen other sessions are scattered throughout the fall and spring semesters, with this year’s Leadership Academy culminating with the members participating in WCU’s annual Regional Leadership Tour that is scheduled for Monday, May 8, through Friday, May 12. The bus tour across Western North Carolina is designed to help university leaders learn about the region served by WCU. Other sessions will entail discussions with Morrison-Shetlar, Chancellor David O. Belcher and Chief Information Officer Craig Fowler as well as a visit to WCU’s Forensic Osteology Research Station and meetings with Leadership Academy alumni.
Taking part in this year’s Leadership Academy are Bruce Barker, Clery Act coordinator for University Police and Traffic Services; Bryant Barnett, director of campus services for the Division of Student Affairs; Kenneth Chapman, technical support analyst in the Division of Information Technology; Natalie Clark, director of donor relations in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs; Kim Gorman, director of Counseling and Psychological Services; Lynley Hardie, executive assistant in the Office of the Provost; Lane Perry, director of the Office of Service Learning; Kelly McIntyre, student services specialist in the College of Business; Amanda Murchie, business officer in the Office of Facilities Management; Rebecca Scott, director of the Local Government and Training Program in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs; Sara Smith, manager of client technology in the Division of Information Technology; David Steinbicker, associate vice chancellor for fiscal affairs in the Controller’s Office; and Martin Tanaka, associate professor in the College of Engineering and Technology.
Belcher announced the implementation of the Leadership Academy during his installation address in 2012. This year marks the fourth year of the academy. Members are chosen based on their application and a letter of recommendation.
The academy is facilitated by Martha Diede, director of Coulter Faculty Commons, and Mike Corelli, associate director for campus activities and leadership programs in the Division of Student Affairs. For more information, contact Diede at 828-227-2093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Randall Holcombe