18 August ‘If You Want to Lead, You Need to Serve’ August 18, 2016By Erin Cogswell General Advisors, blog, Leadership Development 0 Tweet Fifty-three chapter advisors and college administrators are now certified to teach Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Studies curriculum on their campuses. They were certified at seminars held during the summer. “The ability to interact with a diversity of participants from different backgrounds and perspectives allows you to see different teaching techniques and styles that you wouldn’t otherwise experience,” said Dr. John Downey, President of Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia, who attended the seminar in Atlanta, Georgia. “The content of the course is so rich in that it’s getting participants to think about not only their own leadership philosophies but also the leadership philosophies of others.” Downey’s predecessor at Blue Ridge was certified in the Leadership Development program, and the two team-taught a course. Getting certified has been a goal of Downey’s for several years, and he ultimately hopes to develop a President’s Leadership Academy for his students. Downey said the environment at Blue Ridge is built around servant leadership and that people are given opportunities to lead at all levels. He has been with the college since 1992 and worked his way up through the years. “My predecessor always said that if you want to lead, you need to find opportunities to serve,” he said. Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Studies program uses great leaders portrayed in books, films and history to guide students through the development of their own leadership philosophies. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has recognized the program as one of only eight exemplary leadership development programs in higher education. “I’ve seen how Phi Theta Kappa has enriched the lives of so many people, especially if they participate,” Downey said. “I know if Phi Theta Kappa runs it, it must be good. I feel privileged to have been a part of it.” Three certification seminars were held in July. The 2016 certified faculty members are: July 14-17 Cal-Poly Pomona University’s Kellogg West Conference Center Pomona, California Larry Adams, Amarillo College, Texas Melinda Bullen, Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon Sima Dabir, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Iowa Linda Duffy, Western Technical College, Wisconsin Donna Gillespie, College of DuPage, Illinois Patricia Hall, Cañada College, California Dr. Aldena Harris, Lorain County Community College, Ohio Samantha Hines, Missoula College, Montana Brandi Howard, Laney College, California Malory Klocke, Iowa Western Community College, Iowa Michelle Pecheck, Long Beach City College, California Beth Sammons, Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon Richard Stroobant, SAIT Polytechnic, Alberta, Canada Marion Synnott, SAIT Polytechnic, Alberta, Canada Kirk Young, Jamestown Community College, New York July 21-24 The Washington University Charles Knight Executive Education and Conference Center Hotel St. Louis, Missouri Adrienne Barkley Griffin, John A. Logan College, Illinois Jennifer Corder, Hill College, Texas Caryl Gibbs, Rose State College, Oklahoma Angie Goldszmidt, Bergen Community College, New Jersey Dr. Nicole Grose, Collin College, Texas Ashley Hall, Black River Technical College, Arkansas Kamar Hamilton, Lansing Community College, Michigan Robert Knight, St. Louis Community College, Missouri Kathy Kurosky, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana Mary Linder, Grayson College, Texas Dr. Jamie Mahlberg, Rochester Community and Technical College, Minnesota Lorie Maltby, Henderson Community College, Kentucky Anna Page, Johnson County Community College, Kansas Dr. Jody Peterson, Centralia College, Washington Morgan Ricks, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Mississippi Dr. Brigham Scallion, Dyersburg State Community College, Tennessee Emily Washburn, Coffeyville Community College, Kansas Benjamin Williams, Community College of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Jim Williamson, Hill College, Texas July 28-31 Emory University’s Conference Center Hotel Atlanta, Georgia Margaret Bell, Hinds Community College, Mississippi Jenny Bowers, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Amber Carey, Pensacola State College, Florida Dr. John Downey, Blue Ridge Community College, Virginia Dan Flores, Houston Community College, Texas Teri Fuller, Waubonsee Community College, Illinois Leroy Gibson, Florence-Darlington Technical College, South Carolina Ronald Gray, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Mamie Harris, Florence-Darlington Technical College, South Carolina Kathryn Hix, Greenville Technical College, South Carolina Jay Humphries, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Ira Lindsay Kinard, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Bobbi Lee, Greenville Technical College, South Carolina Michael McGinnis, Lansing Community College, Michigan Jessica Petersen, Pensacola State College, Florida Joy Rhoads, Hinds Community College, Mississippi James Rowland, Graduate Student, Florida Deanne Schlanger, Houston Community College, Texas Dr. Rebecca Tate, Lone Star College, Texas To learn more about the Leadership Instructor Certification Seminars, check out this first-person blog post by Dr. Aldena Harris, who attended the seminar in Pomona, California. 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