Jackson State University administrator Nicole E. Evans recently completed the summer 2011 session of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Evans, associate vice president for the JSU Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, and director of the university’s reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), was one of 109 participants from 34 states and nine countries.
The MLE, held June 18 – July 1, is designed for experienced administrators who are responsible for thinking strategically about their institutions’ change agendas. Participants are taught to understand which aspects of their institution’s mission and culture are critical to future success and how to close the gap between their best intentions and what they are actually able to accomplish. The institute also serves as a valuable opportunity for mid-career professional assessment and renewal. Participants are able to reflect on their own leadership strengths and weaknesses with Harvard faculty and accomplished colleagues from across the country and around the world.