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2009-10 President's Emerging Leaders program underway

Developing leadership skills takes hard work and training

By Chris Schanus

August 19, 2009

There’s an old saying that leaders aren’t born, they’re made. While it may be true that some people are born with the potential to lead, developing leadership skills takes hard work and diligent training. The next generation of University leaders is being made right now through the President’s Emerging Leaders (PEL) program.

The 2009-2010 PEL cohort, consisting of 22 members from throughout the University community, is ramping up for a yearlong, educational and experiential training program that will prepare them for future leadership positions at the University.

"Some characteristics we look for in applicants are demonstrated high performance, strong engagement in current positions, and an aspiration for new responsibilities and roles,” said PEL Program Coordinator Dave Dorman. “We certainly have found those traits in this new group."

The PEL program is designed to foster a broad perspective of the University as an enterprise and promote skill development that enhances participants’ effectiveness. Each participant is guided through an individual development plan to encourage targeted areas of learning. Seminars are presented throughout the program year focusing on improving participants’ knowledge of the University and on leadership skill building.

During their yearlong experience, participants are assigned to project teams and work on project assignments that provide assistance with issues facing the University. Past PEL project teams have helped develop a pilot faculty incentive program, recommended change management strategies to support the University’s Transforming the U initiative, and designed a collaborative leadership development strategy.

Members of the 2009-2010 PEL cohort include: Holly Bunn, School of Dentistry; Ted Butler, Office of Human Resources; Keith Carlson, Center for Transportation Studies; Justin Christy, Weisman Art Museum; Claudia Cody, U of M Extension; April Coon, Sponsored Projects Administration; William Dana, Academic Support Resources; Kristen Gandrow, Law School; Beth Isensee, International Student and Scholar Services; Jeremy Jenkins, College of Pharmacy; Alissa Jones, School of Public Health; Amy Kampsen, College of Education and Human Development; Toni Rhodes Leeth, Medical School; Ginny Levi, Technology Leadership Institute; Jason Marchiafava, Conference and Event Services; Sandy Massel, College of Biological Sciences; Amy Porter, The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change; Barbara Schwab, College of Liberal Arts; Joseph Shultz, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; Deanne Silvera, International Student and Scholar Services; Heidi Wagner, School of Social Work; Michael Werner, McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
For more information, see the PEL program.