Like many institutions of higher learning, East Georgia State College is committed to facing challenges as they come, and is determined to make a name as the model affordable, innovative, high-quality rural access institution in the nation. As part of this push, the college has begun a Staff Leadership Program to help dedicated employees of EGSC develop their leadership skills. The first cohort of this 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.
“There is a large need for leadership programs to further develop the talents of our faculty and staff,” said East Georgia State College President Bob Boehmer. “We have partnered with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Program to provide this cost-effective, affordable leadership development program that will provide an opportunity for staff members to further develop the skills and leadership qualities needed to advance their career in higher education and assist EGSC in attaining its mission, as well as advance the mission of EGSC by investing in these promising staff members.”
The program began at the end of August and will run through July of 2019, whereupon it will conclude with a graduation ceremony at The Morgan House. Members of the first cohort will attend meetings throughout the coming year to identify their leadership styles and develop their skills to become more effective leaders and communicators. Participants will also have 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.
“This program is vital to the development of leaders at EGSC,” said Dr. Boehmer. “It is also important that we are making this program happen without extra funding by utilizing existing resources.”
Program participants include Pam Adams, 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.