Thompson Selected to Participate in Executive Leadership Academy

photo of Sherwood Thompson

Dr. Sherwood Thompson, assistant dean and associate professor in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University, has been selected to participate in 2012 class of The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) at the University of California, Berkeley.

In its second year, the ELA continues to embark on an ambitious plan to prepare leaders of colleges and universities to guide their institutions in an increasingly multicultural global environment. The Academy is designed to enable persons of all backgrounds who may be interested in appointments to positions such as deans, vice presidents, provosts, chancellors, and presidents.

The Academy is co-sponsored by the University of California’s Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Inc. (AAHHE). C. Judson King, Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education and a former provost for the University of California and for the Professional Schools and Colleges at Berkeley, said the Academy “reflects a unique combination of organizers and is very timely, in view of both the increasingly multicultural aspects of higher education and the turbulent and changing times for higher education.”

The theme for the Academy, to be offered from March 25-29 in Berkeley, is “Ten Years from Now: Leading in a Multicultural Environment.”

The ELA provides the opportunity for participants to dialogue, address critical issues, and be trained to serve as executive officers in higher education worldwide.

“AAHHE is proud to co-host the 2nd Executive Leadership Academy with CSHE, said Loui Olivas, president of AAHHE. “Based on the participant evaluations, the first academy was a stellar success. The faculty who have been assembled to deliver the curriculum are premier scholars, senior level administrators and practitioners from an array of disciplines. This Academy will serve to prepare executives who are grounded in multicultural perspectives and focused on the future of higher education leadership venues.”

Taught by a select faculty team composed of senior level higher education executives and scholars from throughout the nation, the Executive Leadership Academy will provide an interactive, focused and engaging curriculum covering approximately 4 ½ days of intensive instructional time. Topics of discussion will include executive leadership models, research on the importance and application of multicultural competencies, entrepreneurial ventures in technology, budget and financial management, strategic, academic, and campus planning, shared governance models, faculty recruitment and retention and the tenure and post-tenure process, risk management, student life and fostering student success, fundraising, total resource development and advancement, governing board relations, transition and succession planning strategies, successful executive career search strategies, athletic program governance, public relations and media relations, and communications and social media.

Last fall, Thompson was elected president of the National Academy of Educational Research by the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research.

Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Published on January 10, 2012