Twenty-two Virginia Tech employees were recently recognized for completing Management Academy, one of the university’s advanced leadership development programs.

For more than a year the group explored core leadership competencies through interactive workshops, 360-feedback assessments, and individualized coaching.

Completion of the program positions these employees to take on increased leadership roles at Virginia Tech in the coming years. Former graduates of both Management Academy and the Executive Development Institute have been promoted or taken on many new and expanding leadership roles within the university.

“The 2017 graduates represent a talented group of leaders with diverse personal, educational, and experiential backgrounds," said Lori Baker-Lloyd, executive director of University Organizational and Professional Development. "Participants describe the program as being informative, challenging, and rewarding. They also talk about the connections they make as well as the great people they meet throughout the year who serve as mentors and facilitators of workshop sessions. We look forward to watching them leverage these new relationships and apply what they learned as they advance the values and goals of the university."

The 2016-17 Management Academy graduates are:

  • Bill Abplanalp, University Internal Audit
  • Bethany Bodo, Assessment and Evaluation, Office of Academic Decision Support
  • Zeb Bowden, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Erin Cassidy, Biocomplexity Institute
  • Tamara Cherry-Clarke, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • David Chinn, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Terry Clements, Student Conduct
  • Lynett Cruise, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Office
  • Kevin Davis, Experience Design Improvement
  • Jim Dickhans, Pamplin College of Business
  • Corey Earles, Business and Management Systems
  • Renee Eaton, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
  • Susan Gill, University Relations
  • Laszlo Horvath, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Steven Lee, Communications Network Services
  • Gary Pickrell, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Neil Sedlak, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
  • Kayla Smith, Vice President for Operations
  • Brad Soucy, University Relations
  • Sue Volkmar, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Brandon Webb, University Controller
  • Katie Wells, Undergraduate Advising

The Executive Development Institute and Management Academy were developed by University Organizational and Professional Development in the Division of Human Resources, and are sponsored by the Office of the President. The two landmark leadership development programs are being reviewed/revamped in 2018, in conjunction with the overall HR transformation project. 

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