By Scott Halasz
April 4, 2014
WILBERFORCE, OH — Dr. Kimberly Kendricks, an associate professor of mathematics at Central State University, was recently announced as an Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) at Drexel 2014 graduating fellow.
ELATE is a one-year, part-time leadership development program designed for women faculty in the STEM fields. The curriculum combines challenging in-residence sessions with immersive tasks at fellows’ home institutions. The year culminates with a presentation of an institutional action project designed to increase institutional visibility as a leader while advancing an important initiative and to enhance skills of project development and strategy execution through application at a departmental and school level.
“The ELATE program has broadened my knowledge of the organizational system and has enhanced my leadership skills,” said Kendricks, interim chair for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “It has equipped me with techniques as well as an understanding of the strategic process for working across offices and disciplines to move the institution forward. I am very grateful to have participated in ELATE. The network and relationships that I have formed with the other 17 fellows are truly invaluable. I thank the ADVANCE: LEADER program at Central State University for the financial assistance it provided to support my participation in this one-year leadership program.”
Kendricks was part of ELATE’s second class of fellows.
“These women excelled in every area of this challenging program, and I know that they will go on to make a great impact at their institutions and beyond,” said Diane Magrane, director of the ELATE program. “They already are.”
Cherry Murray, dean of the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, addressed the graduates as they recently celebrated their achievements at a graduation ceremony accompanied by their deans, provosts and other national leaders.
In her address, Murray challenged the class to become change agents in their own institutions.
“If you don’t think of yourself as a change agent you need to start thinking this way,” she said. “Your institution needs you to be a change agent.”
Murray also spoke about a powerful history of women making great strides in the history of collegiate education.
“I look forward to observing similar accomplishments from all of the ELATE graduates in the next few years,” she said.
ELATE is set to launch its third class with a new group of highly qualified and diverse women faculty leaders. The new class of fellows begins the first of three week-long, in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time at the ACE Conference Center in Philadelphia on August 2, 2014.