Five named CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellows

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Academic Leadership Program has gained five additional fellows from the Penn State ranks. The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Those selected from Penn State for the 2014-15 program have been chosen because of their significant contributions and potential to undertake key leadership responsibilities at the University. Participants are:

-- Mohamad A. Ansari, associate professor of mathematics and 2014-15 Senate chair-elect, Penn State Berks

-- Edward G. Dudley, associate professor of food science, College of Agricultural Sciences

-- Alexia I. Hudson-Ward, associate librarian, Penn State Abington

-- Wanda B. Knight, associate professor of art education and women’s studies and 2014-15 Administrative Fellow to the Provost, College of Arts and Architecture

-- Marie T. Reilly, senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, Dickinson School of Law

The fellows will be participating in three seminars during the 2014-15 academic year: Issues and Ideas, hosted by the University of Minnesota; Internal and External Relationships, hosted by Northwestern University; and Money, Management and Strategies, hosted by Ohio State University.

The program is specifically geared toward answering the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. Fellows are appointed to terms of one year and funding is provided by the participating institutions.

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