Eileen McDargh, LEAD Event M.C., and Michael Reuter, The Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development Director
The Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development at the Stillman School of Business earned, for the second year in a row, a #1 ranking in the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards sponsored by HR.com. Specifically, the Buccino Center was named the #1 Certificate Program with Emphasis on Leadership/Organizational Development.
The prestigious awards recognize the world's top leadership practitioners and programs who are committed to developing leaders across the human resources, leadership and organizational development disciplines.
“Our Buccino Leadership Program is a shining example of the Stillman School’s commitment to ‘transforming concepts into business practice,’ and its development of students as principled business leaders is unparalleled,” said Joyce Strawser, dean of the Stillman School of Business. “We are indebted to Director Michael Reuter for his outstanding leadership. We also are most grateful to our Leadership Advisory Council, especially Professor Jack Shannon, and to all our Leadership students and alumni. Of course, very special appreciation goes to Dr. Jerry Buccino for his longstanding support of the Center and our students.”
This year’s Leadership 500 Excellence Awards were announced at the LEAD2016 forum in Nashville, Tennessee, during World Leadership Day. Stephen M. R. Covey, co-founder and CEO of FranklinCovey Speed of Trust Practice and Sister Helen Prejean, whose experiences inspired the motion picture “Dead Man Walking,” were just a few of the notable speakers at this two-day leadership conference.
Hundreds of organizations and programs nationwide apply for the awards each year. This year's recipients were selected based on a comprehensive application reviewed by HR.com’s expert leadership panel, as well as feedback from the program's participants.
"Effective leadership development programs and activities are a must in today's business. Without leadership, all other resources are ineffective. Programs and individuals recognized in the Leadership Excellence Awards program have made significant contributions developing leaders," stated Debbie McGrath, CEO of HR.com.
When asked about being ranked #1 for the second year in a row, Director Michael Reuter responded, “It feels awesome. Last year they told us we are number one and this year they confirmed it!”
The Leadership Development Honors Program, which recently celebrated
20 years of leadership excellence as well as the dedication of The
Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development, has much to be
proud of. Nine in ten students have three or more internships prior to
graduation, the Class of 2015 has a 100% employment rate and members of its Leadership Advisory Council are from many of the leading organizations.