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Central Hosts KICA’s Aspiring Campus Leadership Academy

KICA Leadership ProgramMcPherson, Kansas – On January 5, 2022, Central Christian College of Kansas (CCCK) hosted the Kansas Independent College Association’s (KICA) Aspiring Campus Leadership Academy (ACLA). This particular session consisted of a focus on change and conflict management and was presented by Dr. Ashley Lang of Goal Digger, a consulting agency with the goal of challenging people and organizations to own who they are.

Two of Central’s own staff members have been a part of ACLA, Dr. Enrique Berreiro and Mrs. Cathy Brown.

Dr. Barreiro had this to say about the program,

The KICA Leadership Program was a great experience for me. It helped me improve in the higher education leadership framework. It was meaningful to me because it helped me solidify my desire to become a provost and/or president.

Mrs. Brown challenged educational leaders to consider joining the program, saying,

The KICA Leadership Program not only gave me confidence in my role as Chair of the Education Department and Division Chair of Human Services, it sparked an internal desire to learn, at a deeper level, how leadership in higher education encompasses a set of specific skills. These skills were enhanced or developed through various learning opportunities provided through the KICA Leadership Program. I highly recommend new leaders in higher education have the opportunity to become part of this unique program. New skills will be learned while others will be enhanced.

The intent of this 12-month long engagement program is to help the member institutions of the KICA strengthen the “bench” of future leaders for academic departments and staff divisions. The Academy is the outgrowth of several years of conversation among member presidents and provosts about the need for a high-quality leadership training opportunity targeted at smaller private colleges.

The Academy consists of a Two-Day Intensive Retreat, followed by One-Day Intensive Workshops and Online webinars disseminating tangible leadership skills. The curriculum surrounds budgeting within the broader institutional framework, using data effectively, hiring and evaluation tools, program prioritization, work-life balance, advocacy, and 13 other key higher education issues.

ABOUT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF KANSAS

Central Christian College of Kansas is a regionally accredited institution offering undergraduate and graduate-level programs. Central strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person – heart, mind, soul, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central go to centralchristian.edu/about. For all things athletics, go to ccctigers.com. Visit the Foundation of Central Christian College to see how you can be a part of what is going on at Central.

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