One of only 54 participants nationwide selected for the Academy for Leadership and Development, Jonathan Fowler, dean of Liberal Arts at Pellissippi State Community College, recently completed the yearlong program.
Administered by the Chair Academy, which is a division of the Maricopa Community College District in Mesa, Ariz., the program’s purpose is to “advance organizational leadership and provide succession planning for leaders in postsecondary institutions.”
Those accepted into the program are selected and nominated by their individual colleges. The Chair Academy, which began in 1992, is an internationally recognized organization focused on postsecondary leadership training programs and services. Based in Mesa, it also has offices in Australia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The program includes an initial week of on-site training, a practicum involving implementation of an individualized professional development plan that focuses on the application of skills learned during training, a mentor and coaching program and a final week of on-site training consisting of additional leadership issues.