ILA Fellows

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About the ILA Fellows Pilot Program

ILA Fellows are a select group of distinguished professionals recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of leadership through their scholarship, teaching and/or effective practice, and their commitment to the mission of the ILA.

We are pleased to welcome our inaugural class of fellows:

Lize Booysen Larry Roper Kenneth Ruscio Mary Uhl-Bien
Lize Booysen

About Lize Booysen

Lize Booysen Lize A.E. Booysen is an internationally recognized scholar-practitioner in the field of leadership, culture and diversity. With 35 years of experience in leadership and research and a 27-year long career in higher education Lize has served thousands of leaders in educational institutions, corporate organizations, government agencies, and nonprofits in her capacity as facilitator, consultant, trainer, teacher or coach.

Currently Lize is full professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior and core faculty in the Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University, adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) doing executive coaching and research, and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Lize is also a past Chair of the Business Leadership Member interest group of the International Leadership Association (ILA). She has been involved in the 12-nation Leadership Across Differences (LAD) research project conducted by the CCL, and CCL visiting scholar 2003 – 2008. She participated in the GLOBE 65-nations research project on leadership, national culture and organizational practices, during 1994 - 2003 steered by Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to relocating to the USA end of 2008, Lize was full professor at the Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL), University of South Africa (UNISA), where she worked since 1992 teaching on the MBA and DBA degree programs and executive leadership development programs. She served on the SBL Board of directors and was part of the leadership team as Academic Director, Director Human Resources Development, and Research Manager during her tenure. She also served as internal conflict mediator at UNISA and is the past Editor of the Southern African Journal of Labor Relations, and past International Section Editor of the South African Journal of Human Resources (SAJHRM). Lize started her career in 1983 as a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), SA, she worked at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital as a Clinical Psychologist, and also served as a Captain in the SA Police Service's Institute of Behavioral Sciences.

Lize holds a Doctorate in Business Leadership (UNISA, '99) and masters degrees in Clinical Psychology (Univ of Johannesburg, '88), Research Psychology, and Criminology (Univ of Pretoria, '88) all with distinction. Lize is registered as a Clinical and a Research Psychologist in SA, and is a certified user of the assessment instruments used in the CCL leadership and coaching programs. Lize authored or co-authored 22 peer reviewed articles in scholarly Journals, 24 Chapters in Leadership Books and 23 articles in popular leadership Journals. She also co-authored or co-edited 7 Leadership Books, and 3 Special Edition Journals. She presented or co-presented more than 50 peer reviewed papers at international conferences and has lectured at many Universities worldwide. Lize is included as one of 50 role models for SA women in the book Inspirational Women @ Work, (2003), and received numerous awards for her work in transformative learning and scholarship.

Larry Roper

About Larry Roper

Larry Roper Larry Roper is a Professor in the School of Language, Culture and Society and Coordinator of the Social Justice Studies Program at Oregon State University. Larry also currently serves as Program Lead for the College Student Services Administration program, which prepares students at the Masters level to work in the student services field. Previously he served Oregon State University as Vice Provost for Student Affairs from 1995-2014. He also served for 18 months as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at OSU. He has held numerous positions in student affairs, including Director of Housing; Associate Dean of Students; Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs; and Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

Larry currently serves as a Commissioner with the State of Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission and as a Board of Trustee member for Heidelberg University. He served a 6-year term as a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Additionally, he serves as President of the Board of Jackson Street Youth Services, which serves homeless and vulnerable youth.

Larry has more than 60 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs. He is co-editor of the book, Teaching for Change: The Difference, Power and Discrimination Model (2007) and monographs Supporting and Supervising Mid-Level Professionals: Charting a Path to Success (2011) and Angst and Hope: Current Issues in Student Affairs Leadership (2015). He has also served on more than 70 thesis or dissertation committees, having chaired more than 30.

Larry has degrees from Heidelberg University (A.B., History), Bowling Green State University (M.A., College Student Personnel), and the University of Maryland (Ph.D., College Student Personnel Administration).

Kenneth Ruscio

About Kenneth Ruscio

Kenneth Ruscio Kenneth Ruscio, serves as the seventh leader of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Prior to his appointment, he served as the 26th president of Washington and Lee University from July 1, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2016. An alumnus of W&L and a distinguished scholar of democratic theory and public policy, Ruscio was named Emeritus Professor of Politics and President Emeritus by the University's Board of Trustees when he stepped down from the presidency.

Ruscio earned his B.A. in politics from Washington and Lee in 1976, and a master of public administration (1978) and a Ph.D. in public affairs and public administration (1983), both from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Ruscio held both faculty and staff positions at W&L from 1987 to 2002, including professor of politics, associate dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, and dean of freshmen. A postdoctoral research scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1983 to 1985, he also taught at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1985 to 1987 and at the University of Kansas from 1982 to 1983. Immediately prior to being named W&L's president, he served as the dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond from 2002 to 2006.

The year after Ruscio became president of W&L, the University launched an ambitious strategic plan emphasizing its commitment to a liberal arts education in the 21st century. When it was completed in 2016, "Honor Our Past, Build Our Future: The Campaign for Washington and Lee" had raised $542.5 million against its original goal of $500 million, making it second largest campaign ever by a liberal arts college.

One of the major elements in the campaign was support for need-based financial aid. The campaign secured more than $156 million for that goal, including $100 million for the Johnson Scholarship Program. Other successful fundraising goals were for faculty support and academic programs, including $66 million from the Lenfest Challenge to improve faculty compensation and $4 million from award-winning journalist Roger Mudd to create the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics. A $50 million renovation and restoration of the historic Colonnade was also funded and will be completed in 2017. Among the new facilities funded by the campaign were a new natatorium and the creation of the Ruscio Center for Global Learning, named in his honor by the Trustees in recognition of Ruscio's "strong support and advocacy for the integration of global perspective throughout the university's curriculum.

Ruscio guided the University through a revitalization of its Spring Term, the four-week academic term that offers intensive study for students and creative approaches to teaching for faculty. Also during his tenure, the W&L School of Law implemented an innovative curriculum that prepares students for a rapidly changing profession.

Ruscio has authored articles, book reviews, essays and a book, "The Leadership Dilemma in Modern Democracy" (2004). He has served as national president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership society begun at W&L in 1914 that now has chapters at more than 300 campuses. He has led and served on dozens of academic, professional and civic committees. Ruscio served on the boards of both the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), and he chaired the AAC&U board. In recognition of his scholarly and professional accomplishments, Washington and Lee's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa inducted Ruscio as an alumni member in 2008. He has also received the Jepson School's James MacGregor Burns Award for contributions to leadership studies.

Ruscio is married to Kimberley O'Donnell Ruscio. They have a son, Matthew, who is a 2012 graduate of St. Lawrence University.

Mary Uhl-Bien

About Mary Uhl-Bien

Mary Uhl-Bien Mary Uhl-Bien is the BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU). She has also been a Visiting Scholar in Australia, Sweden, Portugal and Spain.

Mary's research focuses on complexity leadership, relational leadership, and followership. She has published four edited books and a textbook, and her work has been recognized with multiple Best Paper Awards and two Decennial Awards. Her research has been funded with grants from organizations such as Booz Allen Hamilton, and conducted research in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Stryker. Her articles have appeared in journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and The Leadership Quarterly. She is a founder of the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) in the Academy of Management, and has served as both Representative-at-Large and Division Chair for the Organizational Behavior (OB) Division in the Academy.

Mary is a regular speaker and has given keynotes presentations and invited talks around the world. She is a regular commentator for CNBC, and is active in executive education nationally and internationally, teaching for the Brookings Institute, the Gallup Organization, and universities in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. She served as the executive consultant for State Farm Insurance Co. from 1998-2004. She participated in a Fulbright-Hays grant to Mexico during the summer of 2003, trained Russian businesspeople for the American Russian Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1993-1996 and worked on a USAID grant at the Magadan Pedagogical Institute in Magadan, Russia from 1995-1996.


ILA Fellows, recognized as experts in their respective professions, serve as ambassadors for the ILA. In addition, each fellow is responsible for an ILA leadership project or program. During their time as fellows, each will:

Would You Like to Be an ILA Fellow?

ILA Fellows are selected by the ILA President and ILA Board Chair. Fellows will serve a two-year appointment with the option of renewal. Applicants will have achieved recognition in their respective fields, sectors, and disciplines and will come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Above all, applicants will be considered who aspire to make a greater impact on leadership in society.