Seventeen faculty-staff leaders have been selected to participate in the University of Georgia’s 2015-16 Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Vivian H. Fisher Leadership Academy.

Facilitated by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, the Academy is a nine-month leadership program designed to build leadership capacity among high-level performers within PSO, who have outreach as the major part of their duties. The Academy gives participating faculty-staff an opportunity to cultivate leadership skills while developing a deeper understanding of the scope and reach of UGA’s public service and outreach mission.

“Vivian Fisher personified the public service mission here at UGA. She understood that preparing faculty-staff for future leadership positions within PSO is vital to our future success. That’s why we’ve named the PSO Leadership Academy in her honor and continue to provide faculty-staff with this important professional development opportunity,” said Jennifer Frum, UGA vice president for Public Service and Outreach.

Participants for the 2015-16 academy represent eight public service and outreach units, cooperative extension, two academic units, and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach:

Joseph  Allen                        Georgia Center for Continuing Education

Mary Beth Bass                     J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

Mona Behl                            Georgia Sea Grant

Michelle Elliott                      Archway Partnership

Shannon Ferguson                Carl Vinson Institute of Government

John Graham                         State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Sheldon Hammond               College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Cooperative Extension

Lauren Healey                       J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

Kyle Hensel                          Georgia Small Business Development Center

Kris Irwin                             Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Beverly Johnson                    Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Emily Newdow                     Georgia Center for Continuing Education

Andrea Scarrow                    College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Extension & Outreach

Kelly Simmons                      Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach

Trina Von Waldner               College of Pharmacy

Josh Walton                          Georgia Small Business Development Center

Theresa Wright                      Carl Vinson Institute of Government