May 8, 2017
The spring semester ushered in not only the start of a new calendar year, but also the launch of the inaugural offering of The University of Texas Executive Management and Leadership Program (UT EMLP).
The program, sponsored by the Provost’s Office and administered by Texas Executive Education in the McCombs School of Business, equips UT Austin leaders with the skills they need to more effectively address the business, leadership and organizational challenges in higher education.
“Outstanding leadership is invaluable to any organization, and especially so at a university the size of UT Austin,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost. “This leadership program leverages our world-class resources and faculty to educate and prepare our academic leaders to excel at their jobs and successfully lead their college, school or unit.”
Every college and school at UT Austin had at least one representative in the inaugural cohort. Participants included deans, associate deans, assistant deans, academic department chairs and directors.
Ten courses were presented by UT Austin faculty from across campus that focused on material tailored towards issues typically faced by academic and administrative leadership.
- Building and implementing strategy
- Fostering innovation
- Leading and motivating individuals and teams among faculty and staff
- Understanding university accounting and finance systems
- Leading change
- Negotiation and influencing skills
Each session also included a lunchtime keynote speaker featuring successful campus leaders. Participants heard from a variety of perspectives, including ethernet founder Robert Metcalfe, Provost Maurie McInnis and President Gregory L. Fenves.
The program will run biannually moving forward. Deans will be nominating participants for the next cohort over the summer, with the upcoming program set to take place August 25 – December 15.
Professor John Daly discusses interpersonal dynamics with the participants.
The program participants spent a day at Lady Bird Lake to take part in a hands-on execrise in leadership, effective communicaiton and teamwork.
President Fenves addresses the participants during their lunch on May 5.