Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer, assistant dean for Academic Affairs Medical for the College of Community Health Sciences, completed Leadership U, a University of Alabama program that prepares faculty and staff in leadership positions to assume increasing levels of responsibility within their organizations and to be forward-thinking – anticipating future challenges and envisioning opportunities for success.
During the program, participants met with UA leaders to learn more about the University, its goals and mission and the leadership styles of UA’s top administrators. Participants took part in professional development workshops to assess their personal strengths as leaders and to help them hone interpersonal skills. Faculty participants also were part of the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Development Leadership Program and visited LSU and Auburn for workshops.
“A consistent theme that we learned about leadership is the importance of focusing on the mission of your organization and how each department and employee contributes to this mission. It made me proud of CCHS’s commitment to improving health in Alabama and to training leaders in medical education and primary care,” Boxmeyer says. “It also deepened my appreciation for our excellent faculty, staff and students in CCHS who work hard to contribute to this mission every day.”
Leadership U, which began in 2010, is offered by the UA Office for Academic Affairs and administered by UA Associate Provost Jennifer Greer.
Participating in the program with Boxmeyer, professor in the College’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and a practicing clinical psychologist, were: Sommer Coleman, senior project manager for Construction Administration; Jessie Gardner, assistant athletics director for Student-Athlete Enhancement; Dr. Jonathon Halbesleben, senior associate dean in the Culverhouse College of Business; Dr. Laura Hopson, director of the BSW program in the School of Social Work; Alyson Jarnagin, director of student services and registrar in the College of Communication and Information Sciences; Melinda King, executive director of the Career Center; Dr. Roger Sidje, associate dean for multicultural affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences; Debbie Vaughn, associate vice president for the Office of Development; and Monica Watts, associate vice president for Communications.