Leadership program taps a dozen faculty

A dozen Mississippi State faculty members are new selections for the competitive 2017-18 Dean Wallace Colvard Faculty Leadership Program.

Sponsored by the university’s offices of Research and Economic Development and of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the program works to develop the next generation of campus academic leaders, among other goals. It honors the memory of the land-grant institution’s 12th president (1960-66).

“The Faculty Leadership Program builds upon Mississippi State’s ongoing commitment to leadership development among our faculty, and we’re very pleased to again offer this program in partnership with Dr. Judy Bonner and her team,” said David Shaw, the university’s vice president for research and economic development.

During the nine-month program, participants will be part of various presentations and roundtable discussions with top administrators. Session topics include leadership styles, organizational change, diversity, building winning research teams, and organizational evaluation and assessment.

This year’s participants are:

-- Shrinidhi Ambinakudige, associate professor, geosciences

-- Brian Baldwin, professor, plant and soil sciences

-- Cindy Bethel, associate professor, computer science and engineering

-- Guihong Bi, research professor, plant and soil sciences

-- Stephen Brain, associate professor, history

-- Jenny Du, professor, electrical and computer engineering

-- David Hoffman, associate professor, anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures

-- T.J. Jankun-Kelly, associate professor, computer science and engineering

-- Bindu Nanduri, associate professor, College of Veterinary Medicine Basic Science Department

-- Michael Seymour, associate professor, landscape architecture

-- Lesley Strawderman, associate professor, industrial and systems engineering

-- John Wyatt, associate professor, instructional systems and workforce development

For more information about the program, contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu or 662-325-3570.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Jim Laird | Public Affairs

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