WCU Leadership Academy

In 2013, WCU underwent a comprehensive strategic planning initiative. Based on the findings from that initiative, the 2020 Commission recommended that one of WCU's core strategic directions should be to "invest in our people." A specific part of this goal includes Initiative 4.2.5, which states that we will "establish a campus leadership academy to cultivate faculty and staff leaders." The WCU Leadership Academy was created in response to these goals and initiatives.

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that the third cohort of the WCU Leadership Academy will be active during the 2015-16 academic year.


The WCU Leadership Academy exists to develop effective leaders for WCU, to better support WCU's mission to serve our community, our region, and our world.


The WCU Leadership Academy seeks to identify and develop campus leaders who are dedicated to supporting the mission of the regionally engaged university


The WCU Leadership Academy will ...

  1. Engage participants in their own professional development in leadership
  2. Engage participants with the community partners
  3. Engage participants with leaders and leadership practices from across the institution


The WCU Leadership Academy is a WCU-based, year-long program for 12 members of WCU's full-time faculty and staff. Participants will be selected through a rigorous process overseen by the WCU Leadership Academy Steering Committee.


The WCU Leadership Academy Steering Committee will meet each spring to determine the theme and calendar of events, oversee the nomination and selection processes, determine any changes to the program, and consider other relevant issues.

The WCU Leadership Academy Steering Committee consists of representative appointed by the Office of the Provost, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Faculty Senate Chair, the Staff Senate Chair, WCU Leadership Academy alumni, and one ex-officio member from the Coulter Faculty Commons.

For more information on the WCU Leadership Academy, please contact Laura Cruz, Director of the Coulter Faculty Commons at 828-227-2093 or lcruz@wcu.edu.


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