Duke Leadership Academy celebrates graduation of inaugural class

Placards with titles like "Leading the Next Generation of Students," "Leading in Crisis,"  and "Leading Change in a Decentralized Environment" dotted the tables in the conference room for the final class assignment in the Duke Leadership Academy on Dec. 17.

DLA graduation
As part of a their final meeting before graduating from the inaugural Duke Leadership Academy, class members - 28 employees - sat around the tables to discuss these topics with 13 senior administrators from across Duke, including President Richard H. Brodhead.

The room bubbled with conversation as class participants chatted with senior leaders about their experiences. Steve Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education, shared his thoughts on global education: "It is imperative to listen to what we can learn abroad," he said. "The kind of liberal education we do in the U.S. is still the envy of the world, but we can't assume that will always be the case."

This is this sort of networking and interactivity that the planners of the Duke Leadership Academy had in mind when the year-long program began in January 2010.

"This program is designed to expose some of our best and brightest emerging leaders to information and experiences that will prepare them to be even more successful as leaders," said Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for Human Resources.Brodhead, in speaking before the formal presentation of diplomas, remarked on the value of a class that brings together such talent.

"To think that there is a place where you can all meet each other, where you can find out who is the ‘you' of some other parts of the university," Brodhead said. "It is enormously valuable for you and for the university, and I am delighted that the university has made an investment in you."

Human Resources partnered with the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics  to provide content for the Leadership Academy. A new class is being formed for 2011, based on nominations from senior leaders.

The graduates of the inaugural class are: Duke Leadership Academy Group Photo

Zoila Airall, David Bowersox, Chris Brady, Moria Brass, Bart Brunk, Inderdeep Chatrath, Sandy Connolly, Lisa Croucher, George Dorfman, Ann Elsner, Linda Franzoni, Jonathan Goldstein, Leigh Goller, Paul Grantham, Gerald Harrison, Deborah Hill, Bob Johnson, Nina King, Donna Lisker, Chris Meyer, Patti Murphy, Lynne O'Brien, Cindy Robertson, Kim Rorschach, Judy Seidenstein, Chris Simmons, Michael Sledge, and Christine Tobias.