Emerging Leaders class announced

Thirty-two faculty and staff have been chosen to participate in the next cohort of Iowa State's Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA).

ELA is an academic-year initiative to develop faculty and P&S staff currently serving in leadership roles at Iowa State, or who aspire to hold leadership positions. Beginning in August, participants attend monthly sessions on leadership theory and practice, current issues in higher education, and university-related challenges and opportunities. Through the year, each participant also will participate in a mentoring relationship with a current Iowa State leader.

The 2015-16 cohort members are:

  • Chelsey Aisenbrey, senior vice president and provost office
  • Jordan Bates, internal audit
  • Anne Bronikowski, ecology, evolution and organismal biology
  • Katherine Bruna, School of Education
  • David Cantor, supply chain and information systems
  • Cinzia Cervato, geological and atmospheric sciences and senior vice president and provost office
  • Susie Eaton, information technology services and vice president for research office
  • Warren Franke, kinesiology
  • Kelly Friesleben, admissions
  • Jeremy Hanson, information technology services
  • Jack Hartwigsen, intellectual property and technology transfer office
  • Volker Hegelheimer, English
  • Monica Howard, Veterinary Medicine administration
  • Nick Jeffery, veterinary clinical sciences
  • Kyla Kaetzel, university human resources
  • Amy Kruzich, ISU Foundation
  • Rachele Kugel, Liberal Arts and Sciences administration
  • Monica Lamm, chemical and biological engineering
  • Jennifer Leptien, learning communities
  • Sara Marcketti, apparel, events and hospitality management
  • Chris Martin, integrated studio arts
  • George Micalone, Memorial Union
  • Shannon Miner, Engineering student services
  • Soma Mitra, Business administration
  • Michelle Rasmussen, Design administration
  • Kevin Schalinske, food science and human nutrition
  • Mallory Schon, Ames Laboratory
  • Hilary Seo, library
  • Igor Slowing, Ames Laboratory
  • Alex Tuckness, political science
  • David Wong, veterinary clinical sciences
  • Zhengyuan Zhu, statistics

John Schuh, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of educational leadership and policy studies, will continue to lead the program. Schuh was one of the leaders of an earlier leadership development program called Shared Leadership for Institutional Change.

"ELA graduates represent the next generation of university leaders," Schuh said. "They will help sustain Iowa State as a premier land grant institution, address challenges in higher education and propel the university to even greater achievements in the future."

The provost's office established the ELA program in 2009 to help prepare a broader and more diverse group of faculty and staff for leadership roles across campus. The 2015-16 ELA class will be the program's fifth cohort.