LEAP taps 14 for 2011 program

Fourteen Mississippi State staff members are new participants in the university's 2011 Learning Experience for Aspiring Professionals program.

Formerly known as the Staff Leadership Program, LEAP's goals and purpose include the advancement of knowledge, enhancement of leadership skills, and direct practical work application for selected employees.

During the 10-month program, participants meet with campus and community leaders in various areas to explore and understand the goals and priorities of Mississippi State and its departments. Institutional operations, effective team building and employee performance management are among session topics.

"We are excited about launching LEAP this spring. Employee development programs help give our professionals the tools they need to compete and succeed," said Meg Arnold, learning and development manager for MSU's human resources management department.

Chosen through a competitive nomination and selection process, this year's group includes:

Brandy Akers, senior accountant, High Performance Computing Collaboratory;

Diane Alexander, fiscal officer, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President;

Courtney Blaylock, contract and grant specialist, computer science and engineering department;

Darrell Easley, MBA programs director, College of Business' graduate studies and outreach;

Katie Echols, education and outreach coordinator, Office of Research and Economic Development;

Meggan Franks, program coordinator, Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement;

Barbie Hampel, director of annual giving, MSU Foundation;

Edie Irvin, senior coordinator, Career Center;

Terri Johnson, Treasury Services specialist, Office of the Controller and Treasurer;

Karin Lee, graduate programs manager, Office of the Graduate School;

Summer Mord, coordinator, Mitchell Memorial Library;

Amanda Seymour, research associate, Coastal Research and Extension Center;

Angie Waller, assistant director/business operations, facilities management; and

Dan Whatley, project manager, facilities management.

For additional information about LEAP, contact Arnold at marnold@hrm.msstate.edu or 662-325-3713.

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