JCC is participating in the pilot release of the new campus-based leadership development program created by the Institute for Community College Development (ICCD) at Cornell University.
JCC is working in conjunction with Cayuga Community College and Finger Lakes Community College to test the program with ICCD. The program allows the participants to use the Gravitational Leadership 360 (GL360) Skills Inventory, the first such tool designed expressly for community college leadership development. Information obtained from the GL360 assists participants in identifying strengths and strategies to lead.
“JCC’s interest in participating stems from its desire to continually strengthen the skills of staff and faculty by engaging them in interactive learning activities that enable them to make the best of their leadership abilities and skills – precisely what the ICCD program is designed to do,” said Susan Bronstein, JCC’s director of human resources and college-wide safety.
“We need strong leadership at all levels of the college and we have an institutional obligation to support leadership development that will prepare our faculty and staff for these roles,” added JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque, who also serves as chairperson of the ICCD board of directors. “I believe that the campus-based leadership development program will pay great dividends for both the college and the participants.”
Last November, 26 staff and faculty in various departments throughout the college applied to the program. Twelve individuals were selected for the first cohort of the program.
Participants include: Jeffrey Davis, assistant professor mathematics; Linda Fye, senior payroll benefits assistant; Amy Hadley, residence director; Jeff Joy, senior computer technician; David Jeffery, associate professor of mathematics; Heather Panczykowski, associate professor occupational therapy program; Rachel Phillips, financial aid assistant; Amy Rupp, senior project manager; Tammy Smith, assistant professor of counseling; Nathaniel Swart, coordinator of web technology; Sarah Tranum, associate professor of the occupational therapy program; and Andrea Turton, assistant professor of nursing.
The ICCD provides leadership programming for CEOs, administrators, faculty, and trustees in SUNY's 30 community colleges as well as those of surrounding states. A SUNY institute affiliated with Cornell, ICCD addresses the critical issue of leadership development by offering a comprehensive program assessing leadership ability at the personal and organizational level, and targeted educational opportunities that develop those skills.