Leadership development program preps staff for future roles

Participants of MSU’s Leadership Development Program

Participants of MSU’s Leadership Development Program are pictured during their recent graduation ceremony, including, top row, l-r : Joseph Iupe, Alvin Franklin, Kevin Anderson, Kenneth Graves, David Saucier, Blair Reed, Delaney Foster; bottom row, l-r: Kayla Pineda, Lilli Harris, Kathi Smith, Tockie Hemphill, Leah Hunter, Erica Way, Christina Childers and Paula Estes. Kimberly Mason is not pictured. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Office of Public Affairs

Sixteen Mississippi State staff members are new graduates of a professional development program that prepares participants for potential leadership roles within the university.

President Mark E. Keenum along with direct supervisors and administrators from areas represented by cohort members recently celebrated the graduation of the Leadership Development Program Class of 2023.

The LDP empowers new supervisors and high-performing employees with heightened self-awareness, advanced knowledge and value-added leadership. Eligible applicants include employees preparing for mid- to senior-level leadership roles; directing major tasks, projects and initiatives; and having at least one year of service in their current position and support of their dean, director or department head.

Mark E. Keenum

President Mark E. Keenum congratulates the latest Leadership Development Program cohort through remarks at a recent graduation ceremony. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

The LDP Class of 2023 graduates include:

-- Kevin Anderson, web development services manager, Enterprise Information Systems

-- Christina Childers, senior research associate, Mississippi State Chemical Lab

-- Paula Estes, human resources generalist, Human Resources Management

-- Delaney Foster, associate director for planning and assessment, Access, Diversity and Inclusion

-- Alvin Franklin, associate A.D./development and team lead, MSU Foundation/Athletics

-- Kenneth Graves, facilities manager, Animal and Dairy Sciences

-- Lilli Harris, assistant director for graduate student development, Graduate School

-- Tockie Hemphill, project manager, Social Science Research Center

-- Leah Hunter, marketing coordinator, Mississippi State Online

-- Joseph Iupe, director of finance and budget, MSU Foundation

-- Kimberly Mason, assistant director for student counseling, Student Counseling Services

-- Kayla Pineda, associate director for student achievement research, Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

-- Blair Reed, research development specialist, Office of Research Development

-- David Saucier, research engineer II, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems

-- Kathi Smith, business manager I, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

-- Erica Way, marketing manager, MSU Foundation

The program is administered through MSU’s Human Resources Management. For more information, visit www.hrm.msstate.edu/learn-grow/leadership-development.

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Allison Matthews | Public Affairs

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