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A Leadership Insurrection: Improving Leadership Development in Higher Ed

SATURDAY, 7 NOVEMBER, 9:30 - 10:45 EST

Universities say they are developing tomorrow’s leaders, but are they following through? Leadership education and development is part of the public purpose of higher education, but it’s not well organized or classified. Rice University and the Carnegie Elective Classifications Team is developing an elective classification that will examine an institution’s commitment to leadership for a public purpose while also striving for continuous improvement. How would you prove your institution’s commitment to leadership? Learn more about the classification, what a classified institution will look like, and implications for the leadership landscape in higher education.

Brooklyn Holt

Session Chair
Prior to joining the Doerr Institute, Brooklyn was the Communications Specialist for the Office of Undergraduate Research at Auburn University where she was responsible for creating and implementing a myriad of communication and marketing efforts. Brooklyn has also worked as a Communications and Marketing Intern for the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Auburn University and a Communications and Engagement Intern at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas.
Brooklyn graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University’s Honors College with a degree in journalism and a minor in business administration. Brooklyn enjoys all outdoor activities, attending sporting events, and mentoring children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

Mathew Johnson 

Dr. Mathew Johnson began his tenure as the 17th president of Albion College on July 1, 2020. A global leader in higher education, he leads the development of Carnegie Foundation Elective Classifications, the Elective Classification for Community Engagement, and a multi-year international Carnegie Community Engagement Classification project, involving 26 institutions of higher education across the world. Dr. Johnson co-founded and co-directs the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement. He also sits on the editorial board for Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, and has been recognized as an Ashoka Change Leader by the Ashoka Foundation. Dr. Johnson serves as a Carnegie Visiting Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is a fellow at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. He consults for universities globally and has led projects in Ghana, Bolivia, India and elsewhere.

Tom Kolditz

Tom Kolditz is the founding Director of the Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University--the most comprehensive, evidence-based, university-wide leader development program in the world. The Doerr Institute was recognized in 2019 as the top university leader development program by the Association of Leadership Educators. Prior to Rice, he taught as a Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management and Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management. 

Carla Ortega Santori 

Carla is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Leader Development at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Prior to this, she developed learning and development strategies at a leading healthcare company in Puerto Rico. Carla has worked as an Executive Recruiter and volunteered as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Carlos Albizu University and a B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University. Her doctoral dissertation studied the psychometric properties of the Passion for Work scale in a Puerto Rican population.

Game Perruci

Dr. Gama Perruci is the Dean of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business and McCoy Professor of Leadership Studies at Marietta College in Ohio. He also serves as a session facilitator for the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) and the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) at Dartmouth College’s Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. He is the author of Global Leadership: A Transnational Perspective (Routledge, 2019). He is also the co-author of Teaching Leadership: Bridging Theory and Practice (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018) and Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities Perspective (Routledge, 2015). Aside from his teaching, research and administrative duties, Dr. Perruci also serves as a consultant for The New York Times, focusing on the newspaper’s educational programming for leadership students. In that role, he writes a weekly column (“Connecting Theory to Practice”) for the newspaper’s site. Dr. Perruci recently served as a member of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library’s Academic Advisory Council. He is also the Past Chair of the International Leadership Association, Inc. (ILA) Board of Directors – the premier professional organization for the field of Leadership Studies. He served as a member of the National Selection Committee (America’s Best Leaders Project) convened by Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership in collaboration with the weekly magazine, U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Perruci has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s in international journalism (M.I.J.) from Baylor University in Texas.

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