Penn State Intercom......January 30, 2003

College unveils Women's Leadership
Initiative, appoints program director

The College of Health and Human Development has created a program designed to nurture and cultivate the nation's next generation of female leaders.

The Women's Leadership Initiative will expose female undergraduate students in the college to different leadership styles; introduce them to women who are established leaders in their professions; and allow the students to develop their own leadership skills, attitudes and values. Participants will be selected annually from a pool of students nominated by faculty members within the college.

Participants will be involved in various educational and experiential activities during the 12-month program. These include workshops and seminars; on-campus and off-site visits during which students can practice their skills and observe other women in leadership roles; and opportunities to interact with University alumna who serve in leadership capacities and are willing to mentor the next generation of female leaders.

Lizabeth Self Mullens recently joined the college as director of the Women's Leadership Initiative. During the next several months, she will concentrate on designing and implementing the curriculum for the program; selecting women to serve as presenters and mentors; and soliciting nominations from the faculty for students in the first class, which is scheduled to begin in August. She also will form internal and external advisory boards who will offer guidance and will develop assessment tools that will allow the college to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and make changes as needed.

Mullens was a faculty member and director of the School of Home Economics at the Tennessee Technological University. She also has served as assistant vice president for academic affairs and interim dean of graduate and summer programs at Adams State College in Colorado; and worked for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Mullens received her bachelor's degree in home economics education from Miami University of Ohio, her master's degree in textiles and apparel and a doctoral degree from the interdisciplinary program in human ecology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.