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Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs

Leadership Development

”On Leadership: Individual Development and Succession Planning” is based on previously presented sessions of communication, strategic thinking, relationship building and trust.


  • To develop an understanding of skills that will sustain individual commitment and growth toward effective leadership and succession planning
  • To heighten individual motivation and confidence in decision-making and positive action
  • To appreciate, commit to and participate in the shared values and beliefs of the College of Health Professions while accomplishing effective and sustained personal actions and goals.


  • How did I get here and what do I do now?
  • Reflections on Leadership and Management in Higher Education
  • Faculty Evaluation
  • Natural Disasters
  • Ethical Issues and Decision Making
  • Chairing an academic program and other concerns: Am I a leader? Is this my goal? What does it take to succeed? And, how can I bring someone else along?
  • Stress Management
  • Impact of the Supreme Court decision on Affirmative Action for academic administrators and admissions committees
  • Succession into Leadership

We have engaged several presenters of national prominence to discuss topics from their academic expertise and job responsibilities. Presentations will be made through video conferencing systems.


John Schuh, PhD, Director, School of Education and Program Director, Emerging Leader’s Academy, for faculty and administrative staff, Iowa State University (ISU). Distinguished professor emeritus, former Department Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ISU), Schuh served as editor of New Directions for Student Services, associate editor, Journal of College Student Development and book review editor for the Review of Higher Education (2008-2010).

Walter Gmelch, PhD, Professor, Organization and Leadership and former Dean of Education, University of San Francisco and Iowa State University. Gmelch is one of the leading researchers in the study of academic leaders in higher education. His books include Leadership Skills for Department Chairs; College Deans: Leading from Within; and Coping with Faculty Stress.

Louis Albert, PhD, President, Pima Community College, West Campus, Tucson, Arizona; Vice Chancellor for Educational Services, San Jose Evergreen Community College. He served as Vice President, American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) responsible for leading initiatives on school/college partnerships, service learning and learning technologies. He has significant experience in fundraising, leadership and team building.

Michael Bernstein, PhD, Provost, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. He served as Professor, History and Dean of Arts and Humanities, University of California, San Diego. His research and teaching focus on the economic and political history of the US. His books include the acclaimed Dictionary of American History, 3rd edition and The Cold War and Expert Knowledge: New Essays on the History of National Security State. As Provost of a Gulf Coast region institution, Bernstein continues to face the challenge of leading and guiding faculty, staff, students, administrators and community members in responding to and planning for natural disasters the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina.

Vicky L. Triponey, PhD, is a former senior student affairs officer at Wichita State University, University of Connecticut, Penn State University and the College of New Jersey, who has dedicated her work to empower students, build a greater sense of community and prepare active citizens and effective leaders. Her 30+ year career included service as an educator, mentor, practitioner, change oriented student affairs professional and as a leader in regional and national associations. Recently, as a speaker and consultant, Dr. Triponey has offered insights about principle-centered leadership in the midst of athletic-related controversy.

Gerald L. Bepko, LL.M, JD, served as Professor, Associate Dean, and Dean of the Indiana School of Law-Indianapolis; Chancellor, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); Vice President for Long Range Planning, Indiana University and interim President, Indiana University. As Chancellor IUPUI, he oversaw increased enrollment and research support, construction of more than twenty new buildings, enhanced student academic performance, increased partnership between community and campus. In 2003 as interim President IU, Gerald Bepko wrote an amicus brief on behalf of Indiana University in the University of Michigan affirmative action admissions policy case Grutter v. Bollinger.

Eileen Wilson Oyelaran, PhD, President, Kalamazoo College, Michigan, serves as the 17th president, first woman president and first African-American president. She was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She served on the faculty, Department of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and as acting head Department of Psychology. She was consultant to UNICEF Nigeria on early childhood development. She is a strong proponent of intercultural and international education. She is a Fellow of the American Council on Education and was recently selected as chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), Washington, DC.

Session dates and Participants:

The sessions will be held during the fall and spring semesters. Invitations were provided to current CHP administrators and selected faculty.


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