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2019-20 Staff Leadership Development Participants Announced

Twenty-five UToledo employees were selected last semester by a multidisciplinary team as members of the Staff Leadership Development Program’s third cohort.

Launched in 2017, the program provides a formal pathway for high-potential employees to hone their leadership skills through monthly courses taught by senior leaders, faculty and other subject matter experts who cover a variety of higher education topics. Completing reading assignments, group activities and a capstone project also are requirements of the yearlong program.

“We’re very proud of these latest participants and wish them well as they embark on program activities throughout the coming year,” said Wendy Davis, associate vice president and chief human resources officer. “To be selected is quite an achievement because there were many individuals again this year who applied and have great potential.”

Third-cohort members are: Tiffany Akeman, Radiation Oncology; Malaika-Beauta Bell, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Christine Billau, Marketing and Communications; Keith Bitter, Information Technology; Victoria Buckley, College of Medicine and Life Sciences; Larry Carter, Marketing and Communications; Kari Dilworth, Center for Success Coaching; Jessica Faber, Academic Enrichment Center; Maggie Garcia, Facilities and Construction; Katie Himrich, Department of Medicine; Michele Johnson, Office of New Student Orientation Programs; Andrew Kleinhenz, College of Medicine and Life Sciences; David Kubacki, Psychiatry; Christina Lowry, LaValley Law Library; Andrea Masters, Benefits and Wellness; Danelle Mooi, Hospital Administration; Ann Murphy, Neurology; Abby Overhulse, Orthopaedic Surgery; Jeff Schneiderman, College of Medicine and Life Sciences; Allison Spencer, College of Engineering; Eric Szabo, Information Technology; Jessica Visser, Office of Legal Affairs; Lisa Yost, Student Disability Services; Mary Youngs, Office of Student Affairs; and Hesham Youssef, Emergency Medicine.

“One of the goals of the Staff Leadership Development Program is to expose individuals to diverse viewpoints and provide them with the opportunity to network with people from various departments across our campuses,” said Carrie Herr, director for the Office of Quality and Continuous Learning, who oversees the program.

Therefore, UToledo employees who applied or were nominated and did not get selected are strongly encouraged to apply again in future years, Herr noted. The next call for applicants will occur in September 2020.

For more information, visit the Staff Leadership Development Program website.

Dr. Clinton O. Longenecker, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the College of Business and Innovation, and UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber, back row from left, posed for a photo in November with the second graduating class of the Staff Leadership Development Program.

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