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Faculty Mentoring team members Remi Douah, Todd Reubold, Nikki Letawsky Schultz, Shane Nackerud, and Peter Radcliffe with their poster.

Faculty Mentoring was the first PEL project with a significant focus on academic affairs. Team members were (left to right) Remi Douah, Todd Reubold, Nikki Letawsky Schultz, Shane Nackerud, and Peter Radcliffe.

U celebrates sixth cohort of emerging leaders

Five projects on strategic issues presented

By Deborah Stull

Brief, June 27, 2007

The President's Emerging Leaders (PEL) program marked its sixth year June 20, recognizing the achievements of the 2006-07 cohort in a celebratory poster display at the Campus Club on the Twin Cities campus. The 26 participants presented recommendations for five projects carried out over the past year.

For the first time, one of this year's PEL projects was designed for a coordinate campus. Another team worked on the first PEL project with a significant focus on academic affairs.

The group that worked on a project about positioning the University of Minnesota-Rochester (UMR) approached Provost David Carl a year ago with their idea. Carl was enthusiastic because of the leadership development that UMR staff members have received through PEL in the past.

"The PEL group was agile in collecting data from the beginning of the study to the end," says Carl. "This was necessary since the image of UMR underwent a significant evolution during the year. They began collecting data when UMR was largely invisible. By the end of the study, the press was widely reporting on activities at UMR."

Two photos. TOP-Four of the five members of the Positioning Rochester team with their poster: Jeremy Todd, Caitrin Mullan, Tricia Conway, and Ann Hagen. BOTTOM-Four of the six members of the Staff Engagement team with their poster: Janet Kendra, Mary Ellen Shaw, Michael Allen, and Laura Negrini.
TOP PHOTO: Positioning Rochester. Left to right: Jeremy Todd, Caitrin Mullan, Tricia Conway, and Ann Hagen. Absent: Andrew Hill. BOTTOM PHOTO: Staff Engagement in the University Community. Left to right: Janet Kendra, Mary Ellen Shaw, Michael Allen, and Laura Negrini. Absent: Asim Dorovic and Laureen Ross McCalib.

The study results indicated that knowledge and support of UMR and the University as a whole are extraordinarily high in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota. The PEL group documented that strong foundation, and UMR can build on it to strengthen its image and guide future marketing decisions.

"The product is wonderful," says Carl, "and the process the PEL team members went through will empower them in their future roles at the University."

PEL is a University-wide program that helps to develop the leadership potential of academic professional and administrative (P&A), civil service, and bargaining unit staff. It includes educational and experiential components and promotes skill development to enhance leadership effectiveness.

"The experiential component of the program based in group project work really sets PEL up to be one of the stronger leadership development programs for high-potential staff," says Dave Dorman, interim coordinator for the program. "This year's cohort continued to meet our objectives to produce recommendations that will further the University's strategic positioning efforts."

2006-07 projects

Bios of the 2006-07 team members and project summaries are now posted on the PEL Web site. Final reports will be posted soon.

Directing Change Management at the University of Minnesota. Sponsor: Patricia Franklin, Office of the President. Team members: Kristin Berns, Darlene Charboneau, Carol Foth, Jay Hesley, and Peggy Korsmo-Kennon.

Two photos. TOP-Four of the five members of the Directing Change Management team with their poster: Darlene Charboneau, Kristin Berns, Jay Hesley, and Carol Foth. BOTTOM - The five members of the Internationalizing team with their poster: Kristina R. K. Sticha, Nanette Hanks, Mary Moga, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, and David Imdieke.
TOP PHOTO: Directing Change Management at the University of Minnesota. Left to right: Darlene Charboneau, Kristin Berns, Jay Hesley, and Carol Foth. Absent: Peggy Korsmo-Kennon. BOTTOM PHOTO: Internationalizing: Bringing the World to the U. Left to right: Kristina Sticha, Nanette Hanks, Mary Moga, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, and David Imdieke.

Faculty Mentoring. Sponsors: Arlene Carney and Karen Zentner-Bacig, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs. Team members: Remi Douah, Nikki Letawsky Schultz, Shane Nackerud, Peter Radcliffe, and Todd Reubold.

Internationalizing: Bringing the World to the U. Sponsor: Kay Thomas, International Student and Scholar Services. Team members: Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Nanette Hanks, David Imdieke, Mary Moga, Kristina R. K. Sticha.

Positioning Rochester: Elements of Identity That Will Influence and Impact the Positioning of the University of Minnesota. Sponsor: David Carl, UMR Provost. Team members: Tricia Conway, Ann Hagen, Andrew Hill, Caitrin Mullan, and Jeremy Todd.

Staff Engagement in the University Community. Sponsors: Victor Bloomfield, Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration, and Carol Carrier, Office of Human Resources. Team members: Michael Allen, Asim Dorovic, Janet Kendra, Laureen Ross McCalib, Laura Negrini, and Mary Ellen Shaw.

Looking ahead

The primary goals of the President's Emerging Leaders program are to

Sample competencies that PEL intends to nurture in participants are abilities to do the following things.

The seventh cohort, for 2007-08, has been named, and projects will be announced by early September.

The application process for the 2008-09 PEL cohort will begin in January. For more information, see the PEL Web site or contact Dave Dorman at 612-626-0561 or dorma001@umn.edu.


Deborah Stull is a communication project manager in the Office of Human Resources.