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PNLC Spearheads Creation of New Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership

At its July 12 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the Humphrey School's new Certificate in Executive Leadership, a 12-credit graduate-level program. We plan to welcome the first cohort in January 2013.

Creation of the new certificate was spearheaded by the PNLC's Jodi Sandfort, Kevin Gerdes and others on (and connected to) the PNLC.

The Certificate in Executive Leadership will have subplans tailored to specific audiences, and we plan to admit the inaugural cohort in Spring 2013 into the "Public Safety" subplan. This subplan will serve mid- to senior-level leaders in police, fire, emergency management, and emergency health services across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. We are very excited about this Public Safety subplan because it will be the only graduate certificate of its kind in the Midwest and, unlike other national programs, will not require a three-month residency. Subplans tailored to other audiences will be established as opportunities become available.

The Certificate in Executive Leadership, a two-semester program, will utilize a format similar to the Humphrey School's Public Affairs Leadership certificate program, with intensive meetings two days each month and the use of technology to support learning through lectures, videos, and on-line discussion forums. Participants will acquire interdisciplinary executive leadership skills with colleagues from across the region while studying the foundations of institutional leadership, ethical practice, and management and innovation issues particular to each subplan.

To learn more about the new certificate, please visit http://www.hhh.umn.edu/degrees/certificate/pls_certificate.html.

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