Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies
Kansas State University
103 Leadership Studies Building
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6542 fax

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7 am - 9 pm


7 am - 6 pm


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8 am - 9 pm


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James R. Coffman Leadership Institute

The James R. Coffman Leadership Institute is a three-day, in-residence leadership development experience for K-State faculty and professional staff. Participants will be selected to attend the 2012 Coffman Leadership Institute, in spring of 2014.

Since our inaugural institute in 2004, the campus-wide planning committee with the support of our sponsors has provided opportunities for:

  • refreshing and developing leadership skills in a safe yet challenging environment
  • networking while experiencing interdisciplinary cooperation for faculty and staff
  • infusing Kansas State with more empowered faculty and staff leaders.

Participants have the opportunity to engage in a focused and in-depth adult learning experience aimed at leadership development. They're offered knowledge and skill-based learning modules that engage them cognitively as well as behaviorally.

Workshop sessions include

  • inclusive leadership
  • conflict resolution
  • leadership style assessment
  • change management
  • team building

Participants have the opportunity to interact with other K-State professionals who want to make a difference at Kansas State University.

The Coffman Institute is sponsored by the Provost, Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Vice President for Student Life and the School of Leadership Studies.

There is no fee for participants.

How to apply:

Contact Deadline: March 1, 2014
Contact your dean, director or department head if you are interested in participating. Their nomination will serve as your application.

Nomination deadline: March 15, 2014
Deans, directors, and deparment heads submit email nominations to the School of Leadership Studies, Dorothy Smith at Email should include name, title, department, and email address of the individual(s) you wish to nominate.
Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Interested participant has submitted his or her name to your office for nomination to this institute.
  • Nominee is available to attend the institute in its entirety including overnight stays.
  • Nominee should be willing and able to share their learning with department and colleagues.
  • You may re-nominate individuals who did not receive an invitation to participate in previous James R. Coffman Leadership Institutes.
  • Please do not nominate individuals who have previously attended a James R. Coffman Leadership Institute.

Institute Evaluation Results:

Over 90% of past participants reported that workshops were extremely effective to effective:


“My expectations were pretty high, and you managed to surpass them.”




“The learning experience was fabulous!”




“Very effective... well organized, meaningful sessions and activities.”




“I found it inspiring on many levels.” 




The Coffman Leadership Institute was a great opportunity to be away from the office and focus on how to better myself, other people, and the university. I am still in contact with many of my fellow classmates who I would not have normally contacted or worked with prior to attending the Institute.

–Kelli Cox, Planning and Analysis





The Coffman Leadership Institute is a great way to learn about your personal leadership abilities. It's also a lot of fun. You get to know people from all over the university and beyond.

–Susan Wolf Berhow, K-State Foundation




For me the best thing about the Coffman Leadership Institute was that it led me to thoughtfully consider my leadership strengths and weaknesses and just what kind of leader I want to be. It is rare that one can find time to do that in the course of completing their everyday job responsibilities.”

–Kevin Gwinner, Department of Marketing





I felt quite fortunate to be able to participate in this very informative Institute and to experience first-hand the commitment the University has made to insure it has empowered and informed leadership at all levels of management.

–Paul Lowe, Provost Office




Past Participants:

Darwin Abbott
Patricia Ackerman
Satid Alavi
Barbara Anderson
Judy Anderson
Mary Anne Andrews
Rebecca Armstrong
Susan Arnold-Christian
Dale Askey
Robert Auten
Suzy Auten
Jim Bach
Lynda Bachelor
Nancy Baker
Kimetris Baltrip
Erinn Barcomb-Peterson
Mary Ellen Barkley
Kurt Barnhart
Tamara Bauer
Nathan Beemer
Natalie Beharry
Nora Bello
Susan Berhow
Waldo Berry
Alok Bhandari
Carla Bishop
Andrea Blair
Beth Bohn
Darci Bohnenblust
Rachel Bouza
Sharon Breiner
Lynn Brickley
Cassie Brown
Charlene Brownson
Daryl Burchholz
Bob Burgess
Fred Burrack
Ray Buyle
Karla Bylund
Jeff Camino
Morgan Campbell
Jack Carlson
Aaron Carlstrom
Bruce Chladny
Gary Clark
Anthony Cobb
Jason Coleman
Judith Collins
Maryanne Collinson
Kevin Cook
Susan Cooper
Janelle Corkill
Kelline Cox
Lucy Crowell
Lorraine Cutler
Fred Darkow
Elizabeth Davis
Alma Deutsch
Gunile DeVault
Erick DeWolf
Janice Dinkel
Sunanda Dissanayake
Dorothy Doan
Hulya Dogan
Kevin Donnelly
Kimberly Douglas
Eric Dover
Mark Edwards
Donna Ekart
Doug Elcock
Jessica Elmore
Jayna Elsasser
Neil Erdwein
Levi Esses
Dottie Evans
LaToya Farris
Abe Fattaey
Chris Feit
Mike Finnegan
Dale Fjell
DeeAnna Fugate
Janis Galitzer
Steve Galitzer
Kurt Gartner
Renee Gates
Ned Gatewood
Jacqueline Gatson
Jennifer Gehrt
Kelly Getty
Royce Gilbert
Andrea Bryant Gladin
Richard Goe
Briana Goff
Wayne Goins
Greg Grauer
Cheryl Grice
David Griffin
Dave Gronquist
Don Gruenbacher
Puneet Gupta
Kevin Gwinner
Brandon Haddock
Mike Haddock
Michelle Hall
Jamie Hancock
Mike Harders
Troy Harding
Nancy Hardy
Lisa Harrington
Stephanie Harvey
Susan Haug
Michelle Haupt
Julie Henton
Ed Heptig
Tom Herald
Amy Hilgendorf
Sandra Hoffman
Donald Hogg
Cindy Hollingsworth
Zelia Holloway
JohnElla Holmes
Marcia Hornung
Clyde Howard
Sherrie Howell
Mary Hubbard
Neal Hubbell
E. Suzanne Hubele
Pat Hudgins
Ken Hughey
Daniel Hunt
Ron Jackson
John Jaeger
Susan Jagerson
Geneva Jahnke
Bente Janda
Elaine Johannes
Marlon Johnston
Camilla Jones
Scott Jones
Shawna Jordan
Tom Karcz
Curtis Kastner
Julia Keen
Caitlin Kelley
Bernard King
Ronald Koester
Ben Kohl
Deborah Kohl
Joy Kozar
Junehee` Kwon
Nick Lander
Tresa Landis
Troy Lane
Michelle Langvardt
Lisa Last
Cathie Lavis
Kelly Law
Emily Lehning
Melody LeHow
Anita Leitz Kesler
Adrienne Leslie-Toogood
Leo Lo
Steve Logback
Karen Low
Gina Lowe
Paul Lowe
Brian Lubbers
Suzanne Lueker
Helene Marcoux
Harish Maringanti
Melinda Markham
Blythe Marlow
Patricia Marsh
Darchelle Martin
Dawne Martin
Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson
Katie Mayes
Diana McElwain
Stacy McFarland
Juanita McGowan
Pat McNally
Denis Medeiros
Hani Melhem
Deborah Meyer
Shana Meyer
Gerad Middendorf
Becky Miller
Jim Mock
Mary Lou Molt
Kiley Moody
Kelly Moon
Mary Sue Moore
Sharon Morrow
Colby Murphy
Nancy Muturi
Robert Nelson
Janice Nikkel
Kristi Northcutt
Jung Oh
Chihyung Ok
Chris Onstad
Salvador Oropesa
Pete Paukstelis
Rebecca Paz
Barbara Pearson
Karen Pence
Julie Pentz
Ernie Perez
Robert Peterman
Paula Peters
Jolene Goodheart Peterson
Jennifer Pfortmiller
Anthony Phillips
Joelle Pitts
Denise Poindexter
Diane Potts
Morgan Powell
Keith Powers
Judy Provo-Klimek
Mary Pyle
Mary Radnor
Mohan Ramaswamy
Heather Reed
Dana Reinert
Dale Revett
Donalyn Rhodes
Mitzi Richards
Jim Rigg
Debra Ring
Madai Rivera
Cathy Rodriguez
Dorith Rotenberg
James Roush
David Sachs
Amgad Saleh
Kelly Sartorius
Rob Satterlee
Donna Schenck-Hamlin
Scott Schlender
Mandi Schmidt-McKinley
Shane Shanks
Candice Shoemaker
Char Shropshire
Andrew Todd Smith
Toynia Smith
Gayle Spencer
Steve Starrett
Anne Stearns
Marie Steichen
Greg Stephens
Robert Stokes
Be Stoney
Donald Stubbings
Lea Studer
Karli Stukenberg
Loleta Sump
X. Susan Sun
Esther Swilley
Robert Szoszkiewicz
Xiaoyan Tang
Mark Taussig
Bill Tipton
Mary Tolar
Sonia Topliff
Vernon Turner
Caroline Tushabe
Amy Rosine Underwood
Susana Valdovinos
Bryan Vandivere
Bryan Vandiviere
Scott Velasquez
Don Von Bergen
Tom Vontz
Jacqueline Walsh
Terin Walters
Stacey Warner
Steve Warren
Stuart Warren
Andy Wefald
Mark Weiss
Todd Wells
Tonya Wessel
Alison Wheatley
Michelle White-Godinet
Melinda Wilkerson
Pam Wilkie
Sue Williams
Loren Wilson
Robert Wilson
Rob Wirtz
Debra Wood
Rebecca Wood
Wei Wu
Joyce Yagerline
Kristine Young
Joe Younger
Ray Yunk


Contact the Institute Director:
Trisha Gott
School of Leadership Studies
(785) 532-6085