Hudson-Ward selected as CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow

Program addresses the challenges of academic administration.

Associate Librarian Alexia Hudson-Ward has been selected by Penn State’s administration to be a 2014–15 CIC Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellow. She is among five faculty selected by Penn State to attend this program that addresses the challenges of academic administration at major research universities.

Hudson-Ward, a librarian at Penn State Abington since 2006, also is a doctoral student in a program focused on managerial leadership in the information professions at Simmons College. Prior to her career as a librarian, she was a customer marketing manager for The Coca-Cola Company’s Foodservice Division. She currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Library Association.

Dean of Libraries Barbara I. Dewey noted, “One of the most successful Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) leadership initiatives, ALP was established in 1989 to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise, such as Alexia Hudson-Ward.”

Many of the programs’ nearly 1,000 fellows have gone on to serve with distinction as college presidents, provosts and deans.

Consisting of three multi-day seminars hosted by different CIC universities, this year the ALP will be at the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University and Ohio State University, and topics will include respectively: Contemporary Issues and Ideas in the Evolving University; Internal and External Relationships; and Creating the University: Money, Management, and Strategy.

Prior to each seminar, Hudson-Ward will join the other Penn State fellows to be briefed on the content, and after the seminars, they will prepare individual reports and meet with Provost Nick Jones to discuss their experiences and what they learned. 

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