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Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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Wilmington University Hosts Leadership Delaware Workshop

Wilmington University recently hosted a monthly workshop of Leadership Delaware Inc., a nonprofit charitable foundation that identifies, tutors and mentors outstanding young Delawareans. 

The organization’s Education and Governance workshop was held in the boardroom of the Peoples Library Building on the University’s New Castle campus over two days. The workshop served as a way for the selected young leaders, known as Fellows, to hear from a number of speakers, including Dr. Jim Wilson, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Wilmington University; John Sell, Delaware Teacher of the Year for 2013; Dr. Patrick Harker, President of the University of Delaware; Mark Murphy, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education; Rebecca Taber, Education Policy Adviser to Gov. Jack Markell; and Greg Meece, Director of Newark Charter School.

Leadership Delaware, currently in its fifth class of Fellows, has already established itself as the preeminent leadership program in the state. Its issue-oriented forums and experiences are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. 

Fellows, who are typically between the ages of 25 and 45, are recruited throughout Delaware, without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or political persuasion. Participants are selected based on ability, demonstrated leadership, and a keen interest in making a difference in their community. Fellows are required to complete three group research projects over the course of a year. These projects have, in many cases, been provided to the top levels of management and government in the state, including Gov. Jack Markell.

“Leadership Delaware is a great breeding ground for classroom speakers, internship opportunities, and research topics, as many of the program participants are from corporate, nonprofit, and government backgrounds,” said Dr. Dan Young, an assistant professor in the University’s Doctor of Business Administration program. He’s also a former Fellow and member of the Leadership Delaware Alumni Board of LDI. “It is a wonderful example of how Wilmington University reaches out to the community to embrace a program that stands for excellence, leadership, and community service.” 

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Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - New Castle, DE