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Alcorn faculty completes the Leadership for the 21st Century program in Washington, D.C.

Alton Johnson

Dr. Alton Johnson.

Dr. Alton B. Johnson, a soil physicist/watershed hydrologist and interim research director in the School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences, completed the Leadership for the 21st Century program in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2011. He enrolled in this nine-month intensive leadership program administered by the Fanning Institute, University of Georgia, in May 2010.

Dr. Johnson said he “gained a lot from the LEAD21 program that develops leaders in land grant institutions and their strategic partners who link academics, extension, and research in order to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment.”

The core competencies developed during the training process were: developing self and others, leading with integrity and values, resolving conflict, fostering collaboration, managing change, valuing diversity, developing a deeper knowledge and appreciation of higher education, and developing and managing resources.

Prior to LEAD21, Dr. Johnson enrolled and completed several leadership and management trainings administered by the American Management Association in 2007 and 2008 including Management Skills for New Supervisors; Preparing for Leadership: What it Takes to Take the Lead; Critical Thinking; Developing Executive Leadership; Strategic Planning; and Fundamentals of Marketing. In 2007 he was awarded with a Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Excellence by the American Management Association.