CMU’s Anderson Selected for National Program

Leadership program for academic officers

Central Methodist University associate dean of academics Dr. Barbara Anderson is one of 18 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2014 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers.

The leadership development seminar is designed "to foster the perspectives and skills that can lead CAOs to succeed in unpredictable times," according to the CIC.

AndersonAnderson has been with Central since 1997 and was promoted to her current position two years ago. Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom.

Anderson will attend the seminar in Annapolis, Md., July 28–August 1. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will lead the Colloquium. It will engage participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary readings—ranging from Sophocles to Eudora Welty—and compare them with situations that today's chief academic officers face.

Examination, discussion, and deliberation will help participants reflect on power, ethics, and responsibility and strengthen their leadership skills. The event is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Anderson came to CMU as a member of its music faculty. Her doctoral degree is from the University of Missouri, her master's is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her bachelor's is from Dana College.

"The review committee found the nomination materials for the program to be most impressive," said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. Anderson is the only Missouri educator selected for the 2014 program.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations. It has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education's contributions to society.


Posted April 8, 2014