First-Of-Its-Kind Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Leadership Institute in the Nation
This fall, the University launched its new Buccino Leadership Institute, a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary program designed to develop undergraduates from a wide array of academic majors to become the next generation of ethical leaders.
The Buccino Institute's innovative four-year certificate program focuses on purposeful and strategic development of seven essential pillars of leadership development: character, civic engagement, change management, ceaselessness, collaboration, conflict management and courageous communication. Infused by Catholic ideals, the program will develop students to become the next generation of effective leaders who will have a positive impact on society. The Institute is the first interdisciplinary undergraduate leadership program of its kind in the United States and one of only a few undergraduate programs that develop core competencies in specific pillars.
The Buccino Leadership Institute has established distinctive leadership centers in the University's College of Arts and Sciences, College of Communication and the Arts, College of Education and Human Services, College of Nursing, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and the Stillman School of Business. Each college or school will be the thought leader for a specific pillar based on the philosophy and work of that academic discipline. The model has been designed to respond to today's demand by many national and international organizations for employees who possess the necessary skills to succeed in a diverse multifaceted environment. The program breaks down barriers between academic disciplines.
"Our program will have students studying their own discipline but also sharing experiences with students from other disciplines. A nursing student can see the leadership skills he or she would need to be a floor leader in acute care and how to transfer the same skills that a business student, a journalist, a diplomat or a political scientist will need in these disciplines. So our leadership students will have purposeful development as they are assuming their own careers. Their worldview will be widening as a cohort through their exposure to each other's work as professionals, to each other's vocabulary, and to their shared leadership journey," explained Karen Boroff, Ph.D., Seton Hall's Interim Provost, who has devoted much of her career to studying the purposeful development of leaders throughout organizations.
The University has appointed Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Bryan C. Price, Ph.D., one of the nation's top leadership experts to serve as founding executive director of the Buccino Leadership Institute. Price's career is steeped in more than 20 years of distinguished leadership experience. His career has involved serving at multiple levels of command, ranging from leading combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to serving as an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In his most recent role, Price directed the U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), a research and education center of worldwide renown and influence. As CTC director, Price had the privilege of briefing the nation's most senior leaders, including the secretaries of defense and the directors of the CIA and FBI.
"What makes our program stand out is its combination of cross-disciplinary and intra-disciplinary leadership development. Students in a variety of majors will learn about the principles of leadership and learn from each other as a cohort, and then they will receive leadership development that is specifically tailored to their future profession. You then add peak performance psychology on top of that, and you have a leadership development program that is unlike any other in the country," explained Price.
The Institute was officially launched this fall and 83 high-caliber students from around the globe were competitively selected for the inaugural class. The student cohort will attend weekly leadership science classes, work with mentors, and take part in a variety of one-on-one leadership coaching sessions with professionally certified coaches. In addition, they will attend a variety of workshops as well as participate in a number of significant internship opportunities and field trips highlighting leadership in the real world.
The Stillman School of Business has dedicated 20 years to teaching leadership development to its business students, including its highly successful Buccino Center for Leadership Development, which served as the catalyst for the new institute. HR.com named the Buccino Center as the top leadership program of its kind in the nation for the past four years. This established standard of excellence in leadership development provided a natural genesis in the formation of the Buccino Leadership Institute. The new Leadership Institute also is named in honor of alumnus Gerald P. Buccino '63, founder of Buccino & Associates and a global visionary in the turnaround management profession, who has provided generous financial support to the University as well as to these leadership initiatives.
"Many universities do not have a dedicated leadership development program. If they do, it is often housed solely in the business school or offered only to graduate students," said Price. "At Seton Hall, we believe that leaders come from all disciplines. Additionally, we believe you have to be deliberate when developing leaders. Why wait until you are an executive to learn about leadership? At Seton Hall, our students start their four-year leadership journey as soon as they hit campus."
University officials believe that as the leadership students progress through the four-year program , their ability to mentor will extend to many of their peers, enabling them to translate their knowledge and leadership acumen to the wider University community and their fellow classmates as well as inspire servant leadership in the greater world. Explained Price, "Graduates of the Buccino Leadership Institute will be better prepared to lead in today's increasingly complex world. When employers want to hire, they will want a Seton Hall leader." For more information, visit http://www.shu.edu/leadership/
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