Presidential Leadership Program
Universities are among the oldest and most venerated forms of institutional expression in civilized life. They provide value and meaning and provide a means for society to govern and improve itself. Our University has now entered its fifth decade. Compared to many institutions of higher education, we are still (relatively speaking) in our youth. No doubt, our work product – our graduates, our research, our engagement initiatives and the emotional connections of so many to FIU – are priceless indicators of the sum of our efforts. They are the results of intensive and purposeful behavior on the part of dedicated professionals connected to the institution who earnestly strive to improve the learning experience at FIU every day.
Yet every day, our higher education environment becomes more complex and demanding. The stakes are high, and leadership is needed at all levels of the institution to advance our mission. This leadership is right here at FIU. It must be nurtured to be forward-facing while understanding and respecting the history, personalities, and forces shaping the institution, its current operating context, and the likely challenges ahead.