First Cohort of Leadership Institute Debuts at College

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.—Prince George’s Community College is developing higher education leaders through the first Leadership Institute class. A cohort of 14 employees was selected from nearly 40 applications and represents a variety of areas of the institution.  The major goals of the Leadership Institute are to identify and develop leaders within the college community by fostering their ability to address challenges during an era of rapid change; promote cross-divisional interaction and coherence; and increase awareness of the global contexts within which the college will function in the 21st century. 
“Courageous and passionate leadership in community colleges is more central than ever to the work in which we are engaged—transforming lives in the communities we serve,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “The launch of the Leadership Institute is a tremendous learning opportunity for a diverse group of emerging leaders, with energy and commitment, to push themselves and the college to grow now and into the future,” she added. 

Throughout 2012, the Leadership Institute offers faculty, staff and administrators opportunities to develop or enhance personal leadership skills and encourages employees to assume formal and informal leadership roles. The institute incorporates a variety of speakers, topics and activities designed to improve leadership ability that will benefit the college community.

The inau­gural cohort consists of Laura Ariovich, research and planning analyst; Moneka Cunningham, coordinator, fundraising and special events; Barbara Denman, director of adult education; June Evans, program director, training and education; Joseph Hamilton, librarian, learning resources; Laura Harver, retention advisor; Dennis Huffman, program director, University Town Center; Scott Shelton, business systems training; Yvette Snowden, dean of community services; Bertina Tyler, coordinator of professional and corporate training; Elizabeth Wagenheim, professor of language studies; Kalika White, grants accountant; Diana Wilkins, senior advisor; and Kathy Yorkshire, Tech Prep coordinator.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at  


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