The Center for Executive Leadership at Lamar University has announced that Jeff McClure, superintendent at Henrietta Independent School District, is the recipient of a scholarship to attend the Lamar University Superintendent Academy, an advanced leadership training program on Lamar University’s Beaumont campus.
According to its Executive Director, Dr. Bob Thompson, participation in the Academy is by invitation only. The 22 superintendents in the 2012-13 class were chosen from a list of approximately 75 nominees from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
“To be selected is an honor not only to the superintendent,” Thompson said, “but also to his or her board and district. Without the support of forward-looking boards, no superintendent could have achieved the level of success and recognition necessary to be selected to the academy.”
At the academy, McClure will review the latest technology for enhancing student learning, participate in advanced leadership training from some of the nation’s foremost trainers of company executives, and get training in the Decision Support Center, a high tech laboratory for improving the speed and quality of management decision making. McClure will also have an opportunity for field trips to visit other school districts to review practices that have helped make those districts successful. And Since the Superintendent Academy is a post-graduate program, the superintendents who complete the yearlong program will receive doctoral level credit for their work.
Thompson says the knowledge superintendents glean from work in the academy is immediately applicable to any district, regardless of size or location. To assist districts in incorporating these management concepts, the academy will host a three day “visioning” session in the spring for academy superintendents and their boards where they will be led through joint leadership training and planning activities. They will also meet with boards and superintendents from similar sized districts to share ideas for increasing student achievement and developing a vision for the future.
The yearlong academy is designed, Thompson said, to provide the most professional growth opportunities with the least amount of time away from the district.