Posted: June 7, 2006

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Fifty-four individuals have been selected to participate in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Luoma Leadership Academy beginning this month.

The academy is an 18-month program designed to nurture leadership talent for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Selected employees are from 28 of the system's institutions and Office of the Chancellor. Participants include department and faculty deans, human resource directors, business managers, chief financial officers, and faculty and staff who aspire to leadership positions.

"We are proud that we have such a rich pool of up-and-coming leaders," said Chancellor James H. McCormick. "By investing in these promising individuals now, we ensure that we will have strong leaders for the system in the challenging years ahead."

The academy helps participants develop leadership skills, gain an appreciation of different perspectives in the system and create a network of colleagues committed to transformational leadership. Named to honor Jim Luoma, a trustee emeritus of the system's board, the leadership development program began in November 2004. This is the third group to go through the program.

The Office of the Chancellor contracts with The Chair Academy in Mesa, Ariz. to deliver the curriculum, which has been proven and refined for more than 15 years.

A list of Academy participants is attached.