The second cohort of our Developing CSP Leaders program is well underway. Since being rolled out in 2016, the program has been well received. It is structured around three tiers. The first is a basic orientation to Concordia University St. Paul, which all faculty and staff are asked to complete. The second, is an exposure to the basic leadership topics of Leadership and Strategy, the Higher Education Industry, Human Resource Management, Financial Management, and Cultural Competence. These topical modules are facilitated here on campus by our own senior administrators. The third is an off-campus “capstone” experience selected by the participant and her/his supervisor.
One of those capstone experiences often selected by participants is Thrivent Fellows, a year-long program which includes three residencies, a self-selected, focused study of a single leadership issue, and personal coaching and mentoring throughout the program. The program is administered through the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA) made up of forty-two Lutheran colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Since its beginnings in 2001, seventeen Thrivent Fellows have become presidents, twenty-six senior -level vice-presidents, another fifty or so deans or directors. The leadership skills and competencies attained through this program are phenomenal and we are pleased to invest in it.
Concordia St. Paul’s Fellows over the years have made a huge impact on our university through their leadership. Here’s the impressive list:
- 2003 Dr. Cheryl Chatman Executive Vice-President and Dean of Diversity
- 2005 Dr. Alan Winegarten former Dean Arts and Sciences
- 2006 Dr. Amy Gort former Dean and now Provost at Metropolitan State University
- 2008 Dr. David Lumpp former Dean Arts and Letters
- 2010 Dr. Marilyn Reineck Vice-President Academic Affairs
- 2011 Dr. Michael Walcheski Dean Graduate School
- 2012 Dr. Jean Rock Chair Leadership and Management
- 2015 Dr. Rob Krueger Chair Mathematics and Computer Science
- 2016 Dr. Kevin Hall Dean Business and Technology
- 2017 Dr. Katie Fischer Dean Health and Science
- 2017 Dr. Paul Hillmer Dean Humanities and Social Sciences
Capable leaders are essential to the success of any organization and we are committed to developing leaders who can take our university into the future. If you are interested in pursuing growth in your own leadership capacity, please speak to your supervisor or contact Human Resources. Here’s to leaders!
Grace and peace.