Anderson, Denise

Denise Anderson will participate in a six-month program who aspire to senior leadership positions in higher education.
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Denise Anderson, professor and graduate coordinator in the Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, will participate in the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership program. Anderson is also the incoming associate dean for undergraduate studies for the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, and Georgetown University and Arizona State University designed the six-month program for individuals such as Anderson who aspire to senior leadership positions in higher education.

The program focuses on bringing ideas to practice, linking theory to relevant applications and scaling innovations in teaching and learning, leadership, finance and technology that can transform higher education today and in the future. The program claims to achieve this through “intense” leadership coaching, and Anderson is excited to be a part of it.

“Higher education is changing constantly, and to be a leader in the field is more challenging than ever,” Anderson said. “I look forward to gaining insight from other leaders on the skills and behavior that will transform higher education in the future.”

As a fellow in the program, Anderson will learn the critical thinking, analysis and design skills needed to solve complex issues facing higher education, including issues related to governance, credentialing and financial models.

Anderson is fortunate to not be the first Clemson faculty member to participate in the program. John Ballato, professor of materials science and engineering, and Eric Muth, professor of psychology, participated in the program in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Ballato was the in the program’s first cohort.

“John and Eric were able to offer me great advice about the program,” Anderson said. “Their comments and encouragement have allowed me to see just how much this program can do for me and my future in higher education.”

The program follows a six-month, executive-style education that combines four, three-day intensive face-to-face meetings in Washington, D.C. and Phoenix with online seminars and executive coaching sessions throughout the program.

The program will hold its first session, “Change Leadership for the Innovative Institution,” at Georgetown University on June 27. A “Creating Innovations” session follows at Arizona State University on Sept. 12, and the program returns to Georgetown University for the final session, “External Challenges to Future Success,” on Nov. 7.

“I’m excited to learn from and network with leaders across the country,” Anderson said. “This opportunity will allow me to critically analyze my own leadership skills and grow the skills I will need in my new position to help not only my new college but the university as a whole.”