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Southeastern Professional Development group identifies issues, presents action plans

Dr. Judith Block McLaughlin emphasizes a point during a professional development session

DURANT, Okla. – Communication-connection, morale, marketing, identity, and campus beautification were among the many themes addressed as part of the ongoing Southeastern Oklahoma State University Professional Development Program. Also discussed were scenarios concerning an organizational restructuring at the University.

A broad-based group of some 90 Southeastern administrators, faculty, staff, and students participated in three separate professional development sessions, held June 21, September 30, and November 10-12.

Assisting at some of the sessions were facilitators from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. That group included Dr. Joseph Zolner, Senior Director of Higher Education Programs; Dr. Judith Block McLaughlin, Senior Director of Higher Education Programs and Senior Lecturer on Education; and Dr. James Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education.

Participants were involved in both large and small group discussions. Each small group was charged with raising an issue or concern and then formulating an action plan to address that particular issue. The groups also offered input on changes to the organizational structure at the University.

“Over the last few years, Southeastern has made a significant institutional commitment to leadership development as a way to fuel its transformational change work,” Zolner said. “The recent three-day program was an important opportunity for the University to continue to develop a compelling future vision and enlist the support of multiple campus constituencies to pursue an exciting set of institutional goals and aspirations. In my view, Southeastern’s change process is off to a strong and promising start. Given the palpable energy and interest I experienced during my time on campus, I’m confident that great things await the university.”

“We believe it was a very beneficial process,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “Through this process, we have gained different perspectives and ideas on how we can all work together as we continue to move forward as a University. The real work is just beginning as we look at implementing some of the initiatives or action plans. We all know that higher education faces some unique challenges and this process is a strategic way to address both the present and the future.”

As the action plans are more fully completed, additional details and information will be provided. Funding for the Southeastern Professional Development Program was made possible by external donor sources.

Southeastern participates in Professional Development Program

Southeastern participates in Professional Development Program

Press Release Date: 6-22-2011

Dr. James Honan leads a discussion during Tuesday’s professional development program.

Dr. James Honan leads a discussion during Tuesday’s professional development program.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is continuing its efforts to meet the ever-changing challenges in higher education. One method in which to achieve this is by providing employees with innovative professional development opportunities.

On Tuesday, a broad-based group of some 70 Southeastern administrators, faculty, staff, and students participated in a Harvard University Professional Development program at the new Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library in Durant. Dr. James Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, served as facilitator.

“The key objective of this program is to accelerate a professional and organizational transformation that really began at the University in 2009,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “This will provide new perspectives and will develop skills critical to the future success of Southeastern faculty and staff. In addition, the program will assist the University in responding to a rapidly-changing environment and in leading organizational change and development initiatives.”

Tuesday’s session included a case study on Southeastern Organization Structure Redesign and Transformation, and small and large group discussions.

Dr. Honan’s teaching and research interests include financial management of nonprofit organizations, organizational performance measurement and management, and higher-education administration. At Harvard, he is educational co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) and is a faculty member in a number of executive education programs for educational leaders and nonprofit administrators.

He has served as a consultant on strategic planning, resource allocation, and performance measurement and management to numerous colleges, universities, schools, and nonprofit organizations, both nationally and internationally. Previously, he served as institutional research coordinator in the Office of Budgets at Harvard and as a project analyst in the Harvard University Financial Aid Office.

Dr. Honan has also been a research assistant at the Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Higher Education in Washington, D.C., and has served as executive assistant to the president of Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tuesday’s professional development program was provided by external donor funding.

Follow-up sessions will be held on campus in Aug. or September as well as in November with a number of facilitators from Harvard.

In addition, over the past two years, a number of Southeastern faculty and staff members have attended sessions at Harvard on Management Development, Program, Institute for Management & Leadership in Education, Institute for Educational Management, and Crisis Leadership in Higher Education.

Once again, funding for these unique programs was made possible by donor sources.

Southeastern Professional Development group identifies issues, presents action plans

Southeastern Professional Development group identifies issues, presents action plans

Press Release Date: 12-2-2011

Dr. Judith Block McLaughlin emphasizes a point during a professional development session.

DURANT, Okla. – Communication-connection, morale, marketing, identity, and campus beautification were among the many themes addressed as part of the ongoing Southeastern Oklahoma State University Professional Development Program. Also discussed were scenarios concerning an organizational restructuring at the University.

A broad-based group of some 90 Southeastern administrators, faculty, staff, and students participated in three separate professional development sessions, held June 21, September 30, and November 10-12.

Assisting at some of the sessions were facilitators from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. That group included Dr. Joseph Zolner, Senior Director of Higher Education Programs; Dr. Judith Block McLaughlin, Senior Director of Higher Education Programs and Senior Lecturer on Education; and Dr. James Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education.

Participants were involved in both large and small group discussions. Each small group was charged with raising an issue or concern and then formulating an action plan to address that particular issue. The groups also offered input on changes to the organizational structure at the University.

“Over the last few years, Southeastern has made a significant institutional commitment to leadership development as a way to fuel its transformational change work,” Zolner said. “The recent three-day program was an important opportunity for the University to continue to develop a compelling future vision and enlist the support of multiple campus constituencies to pursue an exciting set of institutional goals and aspirations. In my view, Southeastern’s change process is off to a strong and promising start. Given the palpable energy and interest I experienced during my time on campus, I’m confident that great things await the university.”

“We believe it was a very beneficial process,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “Through this process, we have gained different perspectives and ideas on how we can all work together as we continue to move forward as a University. The real work is just beginning as we look at implementing some of the initiatives or action plans. We all know that higher education faces some unique challenges and this process is a strategic way to address both the present and the future.”

As the action plans are more fully completed, additional details and information will be provided. Funding for the Southeastern Professional Development Program was made possible by external donor sources.