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Raylene Rospond selected for national leadership development program

May 1, 2013

Raylene Rospond, who will transition from vice provost for operations to deputy provost on June 1, has been selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) to participate in their yearlong Senior Leadership Academy. Rospond is one of 26 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide to be selected.

The academy is designed for mid-level administrators who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Its purpose is to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions in a variety of divisions, including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement.

“The need to prepare future leaders of colleges and universities has never been greater because the generation of people now in senior leadership positions on campus is rapidly approaching retirement,” says Richard Ekman, president of the CIC. “Competition for the available places in the program was intense.”

As part of the academy, Rospond will participate in two seminars, one in Pittsburgh, Pa., November 1–3, 2013, and one in Washington, D.C., June 10–12, 2014. She will undertake a mentoring program, experiential learning projects, and a series of readings and case studies.

“It is an honor to be selected for such a prestigious national leadership development program, “ Rospond says. “The opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills through an experiential plan guided by my mentor, Drake University Provost Deneese Jones, truly make this leadership program unique.”

Rospond holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Creighton University and a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Texas. She joined the Drake faculty as associate professor and associate dean in 1997 and became chair of the pharmacy practice department in 1999. In 2003, she assumed the role of dean of CPHS. Rospond will leave her role as dean to become deputy provost of the University on June 1, 2013.

Over the years, Rospond has received numerous honors and awards, including the Innovations in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Pioneer Award from Progress Industries.

Visit www.cic.edu/seniorleadershipacademy for more information about the Senior Leadership Academy.