On June 1, the American Association of State Colleges & Universities announced the 25 candidates selected to participate in the inaugural class of AASCU’s Emerging Leaders Program. 

The University of North Carolina has four participants included in the class:

  • Samantha McAuliffe-Raynor, Director for Special Projects and Strategic Assessment, UNC General Administration
  • Toya Corbett, Executive Director of Student Engagement and Leadership, North Carolina Central University
  • Leah Kraus, Chief Information Officer, North Carolina Central University
  • Jeffrey Leak, professor of English, UNC Charlotte

This three-day seminar, to be held June 11-14, 2016 in Washington, D.C., is designed for promising mid-career professionals and faculty leaders in higher education.

“We need a robust pipeline of talented professionals interested in advancing their careers in higher education,” said AASCU President Muriel A. Howard. “AASCU has a long history of providing successful leadership development programs at every professional level of higher education administration. We identified a void at the mid-career level, and we believe our new Emerging Leaders Program will be an important complement in service to our members and others interested in advancing their careers.”

In addition to strengthening and enhancing leadership skills, participants in the Emerging Leaders Program will have the opportunity to engage in a national dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education and to develop a network of colleagues from across the country. The program includes opportunities for hands-on practical exercises, a leadership self-assessment, and the development of a plan designed to help participants achieve their leadership goals.

Participants were nominated for the Emerging Leaders Program by presidents, chancellors and cabinet-level administrators; each participant must have demonstrated to campus leaders the potential for advancement at their campus or another institution. Upon completion of the program, nominators will identify a project, initiative or assignment that will expand the participant’s knowledge of the university and facilitate his or her growth as leader by using the skills learned during the program.

To learn more, visit the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.



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