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Leadership Development Program

Leadership Development Program

Program Benefits

The university's current and emerging leaders define the direction and values of their department and school. In turn, these leaders shape how our university discovers, disseminates, preserves, and applies knowledge. The University of Missouri System Manuel T. Pacheco Leadership Development Program (LDP) affirms the vital role of faculty leaders and seeks to enhance effective leadership within the academic setting. 

Through the program, members are able to come together to further development and growth as leaders, while expanding and enriching professional networks on personal and institutional levels. Upon completion of the program, LDP members will have gained practical skills to:

  • Offer guidance and support to the faculty managed by LDP members
  • Strategically plan for the future of an academic school or department
  • Work with a network of peers to tackle leadership concerns
  • Build commitment among department colleagues toward academic excellence and the UM mission



Those selected to participate in the LDP will join a network of faculty dedicated to quality leadership and advancing academic excellence. Each cohort follows a similar curriculum:

For the 2016 Cohort
Kickoff meetings July 2016 TBD
4 meetings, one each in Columbia, KC, Rolla, and St. Louis
Fall retreat September 21-23, 2016 Courtyard Marriott
3301 LeMone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65201
Workshop 1 January 25-26, 2017
The Hotel Frederick
Boonville, MO
Workshop 2 March 8, 2017 The Broadway Hotel
Columbia, MO
Ongoing campus meetings TBD TBD

*Topics previously offered include: "managing different work styles," "how to have difficult conversations," and "defining "the why" of your department."

Selection Process

To participate in the LDP, faculty members had to obtain endorsement from their leadership sponsor and submit an application. The Office of Academic Affairs and university provosts select the cohort. Candidates were notified of selection decisions around the conclusion of the spring semester. Due to the large number of highly competitive applications, not all who applied were accepted to the program.



This professional development opportunity is provided by UM Academic Affairs, with no cost to cohort members. Individual members' home unit is expected to cover any travel and lodging costs.



Contact the UM Academic Affairs at (573) 884-9287 or umaaleadership@umsystem.edu. The Leadership Development Program team includes:

  • Steven Graham, Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice President, UM Academic Affairs
  • Jill Wood, Ph.D., Director, UM Academic Affairs
  • Greg Holliday, Ph.D., Psychologist, University of Missouri Athletic Department
  • Ashley Berg, Coordinator, UM Academic Affairs

Past participants are also good resources. Participant lists are provided on the Overview and Past Cohorts webpage.

Reviewed 2017-02-14.