Five named CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellows

May 11, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Academic Leadership Program has gained five additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Those selected from Penn State for the 2016-17 program have been chosen because of their significant contributions and potential to undertake key leadership responsibilities at the University. Participants are:

  • Kathryn Drager, associate dean for research and graduate programs, College of Health and Human Development
  • Zaryab Iqbal, 2016-17 Administrative Fellow to the executive vice president and provost, and associate professor of political science, College of the Liberal Arts
  • Ford Risley, associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies, College of Communications
  • Jeanine Staples, associate professor of literacy and language, and African American studies, College of Education
  • Matthew C. Woessner, 2016-17 University Faculty Senate chair-elect, and associate professor of political science and public policy, Penn State Harrisburg

The Fellows will be participating in three seminars during the 2016-17 academic year: Contemporary Issues and Ideas, which will be hosted by Indiana University; Internal and External Relationships at Rutgers University; and Money, Management and Strategies hosted by Penn State.

The program is specifically geared toward answering the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. Fellows are appointed to terms of one year and funding is provided by the participating institutions.

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Last Updated May 25, 2016