President’s Leadership Institute
President’s Leadership Institute
Welcome to Millersville University’s President's Leadership Institute. The President's Leadership Institute (PLI) is a 10-month professional development program (August to May) designed exclusively for Millersville faculty and staff. Our goal is to develop and encourage emerging leaders at Millersville and build a deep pool of future faculty and staff leaders who will assist in propelling our university to the next level. The program will focus on building leadership capacity, enhancing innovation and inclusion, and facilitating skills development thereby enabling participants to become more effective, innovative and inclusive leaders.
There is little debate that our higher education environment in Pennsylvania and across the nation is more complex and demanding than ever. The need for committed and quality leadership is crucial at all levels of the institution to advance our mission and values. President Wubah’s vision for the PLI is to “encourage the next generation of campus leaders that are grounded in the University’s EPPIIC values, committed to university-wide teamwork and respect, and dedicated to excellent service to our students.”
For more information, please contact:
Victor DeSantis, VP, External Affairs and PLI Coordinator
The delivery model will be cohort-based to encourage team building, trust development and networking within each group. The curriculum is interactive, focusing on exploring trends and challenges within higher education, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and on our campus. The program is facilitated in monthly four-hour sessions (12 noon to 4:00 pm) throughout the academic year. It also includes an opening orientation session (late August), a closing graduation and reception (late May), as well as professional development activities throughout the year.
The President and his Cabinet support the program as a mechanism for identifying potential future university leaders. President Wubah attends program sessions and interacts extensively with participants. Vice Presidents participate in sessions focused on their division. Other content experts are invited to infuse the curriculum with a variety of voices from across higher education and the business and government landscape.
Program Nomination, Eligibility and Cohort Membership
Program Nomination and Eligibility
The PLI cohort are usually 16 members (8 faculty and 8 staff members). Nominations come from the divisional vice-presidents in early June with final selection by the President by the end of June. Eligibility is determined by the following criteria:
- Full-time faculty or staff for at least one calendar year by time of nomination
- Bachelor’s degree or higher
- In good-standing with the university
- Favorable performance evaluations
- Willingness to commit to the 10 month program
The 2023-2024 PLI cohort:
Cohort 2023-2024 (17) Department Heather Rossell Accounting Wesley Bullock Ware and Winter Centers Heather Morris Development Lauren Blevins Health Services Rebecca Boyer Online Programs Chad Baker Graduate Admissions Josh Belise Enrollment Management Jason Stetler AV Services Stacey Irwin Communications/Theatre Sue Moyer Nursing Chris Stieha Biology Janet Bertoni Special Ed Wanja Ogongi Social Work Kristin Lawson AASD Lexi Hutto Management Scott Anderson Library Lowery Woodall Communications/Theatre
The 2022-2023 PLI cohort:
Cohort 2022-2023 (15) Department Joe Behun Psychology Jennifer Burke Early, Middle and Exceptional Education Meghan Dinges Advancement Information Services Dain Estes Music Kerry Farkas English Mackenzie Gibbs Technical Support Services Aaron Haines Biology Jeremy Houck Human Resources Benjamin Kling Information Systems Services Steve Knepp University Housing & Conference Services Margaret Mbindyo Academic Advisement & Student Development Cayleigh Minter Nursing Melissa Wardwell Experiential Learning and Career Mgmt Andy Welaish University Library Christina Williams Student Access and Support Services
The 2021-2022 PLI cohort:
Cohort 2021-2022 (14) Department Neill Good Accounting & Budget Heather Keck University Dining & Catering Services Alison Hutchinson Registrar Jessica Kelly, PhD. Geography Deborah Tamakloe, Ed.D. Early, Middle & Exceptional Education George Ciarrocchi Information Technology Aimee Miller Chemistry Melissa Gold Library Justin Mando English & World Languages Charlton Wolfgang Early, Middle & Exceptional Education Kyle Verbosh Institutional Research J Whitlow Campus Life David DiRusso, PhD. Management and Marketing Nakeiha Primus, Ed.D. Educational Foundations
The 2020-2021 PLI cohort:
Cohort 2020-2021 (15) Department Tammy Aument-Martin Accounting & Budget Katelynn Hartman Development Miles Gallagher Intercollegiate Athletics Janice Moore, Ed.D. Online Programs Janet White, PhD. Mathematics Aileen Hower, Ed.D. Early, Middle & Exceptional Education Srinivas Gotety Information Systems Services Nicole Pfannenstiel, PhD. English Gregory Szczyrbak Library Ankur Nandedkar, PhD. Management & Marketing John Cheek Communications & Marketing Darlene Newman Student Access & Support Services Andrea Hauri Human Resources Kelly Kuhns, PhD. Nursing Sarah Brooks, PhD. Educational Foundations
The 2019-2020 PLI cohort:
Pilot Cohort 2019-2020 (10) Department Emiyaril Alvarez Student Financial Services Greg Freedland Communications & Marketing Vivak Patel Enrollment Management Patriece Campbell, Ed.D. International Programs & Services Joshua Hartranft Technical Support Services Robert Spicer, PhD. Communication & Theatre Jack Ogutu, PhD. Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology Daniel Keefer, PhD. Wellness & Sport Sciences Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol Library Kathleen Walsh, PhD. School of Social Work
Program Curriculum and Expectations
The leadership institute utilizes a variety of learning experiences, including:
- Monthly discussions with President Wubah on current issues and leadership themes.
- Interactive presentations with university leaders to understand the internal operations of the university.
- Field excursions to learn from Millersville business and government partners and tour their facilities.
- Opportunities to interact with key stakeholders and hear how they influence the university (Trustees, Alumni, etc.).
- A series of experiential workshops with special attention to inclusion, conflict management, crisis communication, etc.
- Carefully selected readings to highlight themes of value-driven leadership, inclusive decision making and other emerging themes.
- Team projects to allow participants to dive deeper into an area of interest.
Team building and networking take place during the discussions, retreats and excursions. Cohort members join with the President and Cabinet for networking lunches, athletic games and volunteer projects. The President's Leadership Institute enables faculty and staff to forge a strong connection to the Ville, their co-workers, and the stakeholders we serve as an institution.
In addition to the formal curriculum, participants are encouraged to attend several university events to support their knowledge and insight into university life, including governance, affinity group interaction, and athletics, culture and arts.
- Alumni networking events (MU After Work)
- Art and Culture Events
- Sporting events
- Volunteer projects such as Day of Caring, SGA’s Big Event
- Council of Trustees public meeting
During the program, cohort members are encouraged to expand their knowledge of the university and the current issues and future directions of higher education – through dialogue, readings, videos, meetings, events, etc. – with the hope that this knowledge will support their professional growth and development as key members of the Millersville team.
In order to complete the program, cohort members must:
- Participate fully in the formal and informal curricula
- Submit all session and end-of-program surveys
- Prepare a final team presentation at the closing retreat
Projects 2021-22 Team 1: Justin Mando and Charlton Wolfgang
Topic: Sustainability and civic education
Team 2: Neill Good and Jessica Kelly
Topic: Recoonnecting people on campus
Team 3 : Melissa Gold and J Whitlow
Topic: Enhancing a culture of inclusion on campus
Team 4 : Kyle Verbosh and Heather Keck
Topic: My Maraurder – A 1-credit, graded elective course specifically for transfer students
Team 5: George Ciarrocchi and Nakeiha Primus
Topic: Installing Amazon Hub lockers on campus for 24/7 access to deliveries
Team 6: Alison Hutchinson and Amie Miller
Topic: Close the gap on degree completion
Team 7: David DiRusso and Deborah Tamakloe
Topic: Enhancing faculty and staff morale
Projects 2020-21 Team 1: Tammy Aument-Martin & Nicole Pfannenstiel
- Growing Graduate Program Enrollments
Team 2: Andrea Hauri & Ankur Nandedkar
- Employee recognition program options
Team 3 : Katelynn Hartman & Gregory Szczyrbak
- On-Campus Support for 2nd Year Students After a Virtual 1st Students
Team 4 : Miles Gallagher & Sarah Brooks
- Promoting healthy work/life balance for Millersville University faculty and staff
Team 5: John Cheek & Aileen Hower
- Enhancing Alumni Engagement
Team 6: Janice Moore & Janet White
- Developing Training Program for Department Chairs
Team 7: Srinivas Gotety & Kelly Kuhns
- Resource Utilization Strategies on Campus
Team 8: Darlene Newman
- Student Leadership Certification
2023-24 Meeting Dates and Times for PLI Program
August 25, 2023 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM September 29, 2023 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM October 27, 2023 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM November 17, 2023 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM December 15, 2023 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM January 26, 2024 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM February 16, 2024 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM March 15, 2024 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM April 19, 2024 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM May TBA - Final Session/Graduation 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM