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RMU Provost Tapped to Participate in Selective Leadership Program 

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University Provost David Jamison is one of only 25 chief academic officers nationwide selected to participate in a seminar on "Leadership for the 21st Century for Chief Academic Officers" from July 12–16 in Annapolis, Md.

This highly competitive leadership development program, which drew 60 applicants this year, is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges, a national association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities, and the American Academic Leadership Institute, which provides leadership identification and development programs for higher education.

The five-day seminar will be led by John Churchill, Secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Educated at Rhodes College, the University of Oxford, and Yale University, Churchill has years of experience in small college classrooms, decades of senior academic administration, and eight years at the helm of the nation’s oldest academic honorary society.

Jamison, the senior vice president for academic affairs at RMU, said he was very glad to be selected. “It will give me a chance share with colleagues the tremendous success story of Robert Morris University and our engaged learning initiative, but more importantly, to hear from others new ideas that we can adapt to enrich academic life for all of our RMU students and faculty," he said.

The seminar is a rare opportunity for CAOs to engage with colleagues nationwide in a rich and substantive exploration of the issues facing academic leaders in today’s challenging times, said AALI President Ann Die Hasselmo.  “We can get so immersed in the dilemmas of the day that we neglect to remember that serious leadership issues and challenges have always surrounded the leader—regardless of the place, situation, decade, or century. This seminar offers the opportunity to read and reflect on the writings of current and historical leaders and scholars and to bring those leadership lessons into the present to provide guidance and counsel.”

“We were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of the applications and intend to offer similar programs to meet the need for leadership development,” said CIC President Richard Ekman.

For more information about the Leadership for the 21st Century program, visit www.cic.edu/projects_services/academic_leadership_21st_century.asp.