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Smith Offers Leadership Academy to UMD Staff

Jun 05, 2014


Select University of Maryland staff in College Park now have the opportunity to take part in the UMD-Smith Leadership Academy, a cutting-edge leadership development program delivered by the Robert H. Smith School of Business, in partnership with University Human Resources.  The deadline for applications for the fall cohort is June 30, 2014 (or sooner for some offices).

“We’ve had two cohorts of Smith School staff go through the program and are very excited to open it up to all University of Maryland staff in College Park,” said Bobvita Salters, director of human resources for the Smith School. “So far, the response from staff across the campus has been fantastic. The final information session took place on June 4 in Van Munching Hall and we had a packed house.”

Admission to the UMD-Smith Leadership Academy is highly competitive. Thirty students are admitted to the program each year. Students are recommended by their supervisor or a senior leader and must have a demonstrated passion for leadership and a commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the university.

Students take courses from Smith School faculty in several subject areas: strategic thinking, project management, customer service excellence, financial acumen, negotiations, leadership, and impactful communications. All of the courses are taught by award-winning professors, including Smith School Dean and Professor of Finance Alex Triantis, who will teach financial acumen.

In addition to the classroom experience, participants will also complete an Action Learning Project (ALP), in which small group teams of 4-5 people tackle a real-world business challenge sourced from UMD leadership over the course of the program. ALPs are intended to help participants synthesize concepts and immediately apply learning from the program.

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.