Penn State Intercom......November 8, 2001

Nominations sought for
Administrative Fellows Program

Applications and nominations are being sought for the Administrative Fellows Program for 2002-2003. Three fellows will be selected; mentors will be William A. Asbury, vice president for Student Affairs; Rodney A. Erickson, executive vice president and provost; and Darrell G. Kirch, senior vice president for Health Affairs, dean of the College of Medicine and chief executive officer of Hershey Medical Center.

The Administrative Fellows Program, a joint program of the Office of the President and the Commission for Women, provides career development opportunities for faculty and staff. By serving under the mentorship of a senior-level administrator, Fellows who are seeking the background necessary to compete at higher levels of administration will have an opportunity to broaden their perspectives and experience.

Specific objectives of the program are to increase the Administrative Fellows' awareness of the complexity of issues facing higher education and to enhance their understanding of the environment in which decisions are made; to provide opportunities for Administrative Fellows to participate in a wide range of decision-making processes and learning activities to better equip them to understand the challenges of higher education administration; and to provide the opportunity to observe a variety of leadership styles. Although completion of the program does not guarantee appointment to an administrative position at the University, people who complete the program increase the pool of qualified candidates.

To apply, nominees must hold full-time faculty or staff positions; have demonstrated success in current positions and interest in an administrative career; demonstrate evidence of leadership experience and decision-making ability; have the ability to relate effectively to students, faculty and staff; exhibit a commitment to diversity; and have a willingness to accept a wide variety of assignments.

Faculty and staff meeting these qualifications at all University locations are strongly urged to apply. Successful candidates will be placed on a leave of absence from their current positions and continue to receive a regular salary. The starting dates of each fellowship may vary depending on the office and the Fellow's commitments.

A screening and interview committee will recommend candidates to the mentors. Serving on the committee are past Fellows and representatives from the Commission for Women, Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, Office of Human Resources and the Office of the President.

Applications are available from Katryn Boynton in 201 Old Main, University Park, or online at http://www.psu.edu/oldmain/vprov/ and should be returned to Robert Secor, 201 Old Main, no later than Jan. 14.

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