Feb 13, 2023
UGA faculty chosen in land-grant institution leadership program

Three University of Georgia faculty have been chosen to participate in the 19th class of the LEAD21 program, aimed at developing leaders at land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics and Extension.

The three UGA faculty are:

“I am so excited to see that three of our outstanding faculty were selected to participate in the prestigious leadership development opportunity,” Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for Extension with CAES, said in a news release. “LEAD21 integrates faculty and professionals from teaching, research and Extension at land-grant universities as well as allied entities such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

Mike Martin (from left), Ashfaq Sial and Ted Futris have been chosen to participate in the LEAD21 program. Photo: UGA

UGA Extension coordinates the LEAD21 Program on behalf of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Rochelle Sapp, LEAD21 program director and leadership development specialist in the Office of Learning and Organizational Development at CAES, provides leadership to the nationally recognized program.

“We are honored to support the aspirations of land-grant leaders from across the country,” Sapp said in the release. “With each successive class, we have seen the benefits of providing these leaders with opportunities to focus on their personal leadership skills, goals, and style. As we’ve seen a tremendous shift in leadership over the past year, we have also been able to see the power of the LEAD21 alumni moving into these high-level leadership positions to create a lasting foundation of strong leaders for the land-grant system.”

LEAD21 provides an immersive professional development program for academic leaders from the land-grant system. Working in regular small groups meetings combined with three week-long immersive sessions, the participants will learn effective leadership skills for increasingly complex higher education environments as well as strategies for influencing institutional transformation in their current and future leadership positions.

“LEAD21 is a long-standing leadership development program that has supported faculty and administrators across our land-grant system for nearly 20 years,” Cynda Clary, chair of the LEAD21 board of directors and associate dean for the Ferguson College of Agriculture at Oklahoma State University, said in the release.

The 90 participating faculty and administrators selected for Class 19 of the LEAD21 program can be found on the program website.

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