East Georgia State College graduated their first participants in the inaugural Staff Leadership Program. The 13 participants completed the year-long program and received their certificates July 25.
The college began the Staff Leadership Program to help dedicated employees of EGSC develop their leadership skills. The first cohort of the program was selected based upon their potential to contribute in the future to the college’s attainment of its mission as demonstrated by the applicant’s past contributions to the mission of EGSC, their experience and educational record, their future plans for career advancement in higher education, their commitment to participate fully in the program, the support of their supervisor and the quality of their written application.
The program began in August of 2018 and ran through July. Members of the first cohort attended meetings throughout the year to identify their leadership styles and develop their skills to become more effective leaders and communicators. Participants also had mentors from the senior staff of the college to help further their understanding of the college as a whole and identify how to best achieve their professional goals.
During the year, participants met monthly with EGSC President Bob Boehmer to discuss a variety of topics, including completing an organizational leadership assessment, discussing the traits of a leader and how to make ethical decisions, the meaning of integrity, budgeting for higher education, professional development opportunities, accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and more. The group also met with EGSC Foundation Trustees to discuss their role in the college and community and how the leadership program participants can help further the mission and vision of the college through community involvement.
“Development of future senior leaders of the college is a high priority. This program, which began this year, assures that the college will have strong leaders ready to step into even more senior positions when the need arises,” said EGSC President Dr. Bob Boehmer. “I am extremely appreciative of this inaugural leadership development group for making this investment of their valuable time. Also, I am appreciative of their mentors for recognizing the potential of these future leaders and investing their time in this professional development. These leadership program participants and their mentors are the future of EGSC.”
Program participants were Pam Adams, Dr. Da’Mon Andrews, Robin Brinson, Lisa Cassidy, Dr. David Chevalier, Melinda Czech, Antré Drummer, Katelyn Moore, Mike Moran, Brandy Murphy, Kimberly Page, Angie Williams and Jessica Williamson. They were joined by mentors Dr. Alan Brasher, Dr. Lee Cheek, Cliff Gay, Elizabeth Gilmer, Norma Kennedy, Mary Smith, Dr. Jimmy Wedincamp and Chuck Wimberly.