Two participants from Augusta State have been selected for participation in a new University System of Georgia (USG) program to develop leadership skills. Angela Morgan, chair of the Department of Music, and Ray Whiting, assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness and faculty assistant to the president, are participating in the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), sponsored by the USG Board of Regents that began in October.
“It is a great honor to participate in the program. From my experiences so far, I believe it will provide a great deal of benefit to me and the university,” says Dr. Whiting. “It has been a very well-designed program, and it creates accountability for the information that we gain,” he adds.
The ELI is designed to develop leadership capabilities in critical competency areas including strategy, execution, collaboration, and engagement. According to the USG website, the ELI is the flagship System-wide development program designed under the guidance of the chancellor with significant input from executive leaders from each institution.
The Executive Leadership Institute strengthens USG leaders by providing ongoing executive development opportunities for emerging leaders; developing leadership competencies required for future success; strengthening institutional customer relations and collaboration; and assuring the availability of a talented and capable pool of executives and administrators who are prepared to assume leadership roles within the University System.
According to Dr. Morgan, the three sessions that she has attended have been very enlightening. She says that since she has been involved with the program she has had the opportunity to evaluate her own leadership style and abilities. “I think it’s a huge honor to have been selected,” she says.