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K-State Today

February 27, 2013

Wilson accepted for the APLU National Food Systems Leadership Institute

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Christine Wilson, assistant dean for academic programs in the College of Agriculture, was accepted for the 2012-2014 Food Systems Leadership Institute, an executive leadership development program for academia, industry and government.

The institute enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food systems. The institute experience prepares scholars for upper-level leadership roles
in food system programs, and to assume broader leadership responsibilities within their organizations.

During the program, scholars work with expert instructors, leadership development coaches, and an upper-level mentor to help increase their leadership abilities. They meet with leaders of universities, political leaders, industry leaders and others who have advanced to the highest levels of leadership. Leadership theory is combined with practical experience, often in the context of food systems and higher education.

The institute is a two-year program. Year one includes intensive executive education-style residential learning sessions at three university locations. Scholars perform assessments to increase their self awareness of their leadership style, and the results are used to develop and implement a personal development plan, prepared with the assistance of a professional coach. Interactive distance learning is used between residential sessions.

During the second year, participants work, applying what they have learned, to develop and carry out an individual leadership project.