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HERS Institute Program 2016
April 05, 2016 : Ohio University Southern Dean Nicole Pennington completes esteemed HERS Institute program

HERS 2016

Since 1976, nearly 5,000 of the world’s most talented female leaders from academia have completed the HERS intensive residential leadership and management development program, which is delivered via the HERS Wellesley Institute, HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute and HERS Denver Summer Institute each year.
Dean Pennington completed the HERS Wellesley Institute March 4, and described the experience as a powerful one.
“I found the networking experience invaluable,” Pennington said. “I met women leaders in higher education from all over the country. We had the opportunity to get to know one another and share our experiences. To know that I can reach out to this vast network of diverse and dynamic women is empowering.”
According to the HERS website, Institute participants generally hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of ethnic and national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.
“I feel privileged and honored to have had the opportunity to be selected and attend the Institute,” Pennington said. “It was truly an incredible learning experience and one in which helped me to identify my strengths and areas that I need to improve.”
Institute participants must successfully complete the rigorous selection process. The curriculum for all three of the Institutes focuses on a deep exploration of a three-pronged leadership development model that includes self-knowledge, networking and institutional awareness. Work begins in advance of sessions with the assigned reading materials and other assignments to help determine what matters most to them and their institutions.
“The HERS faculty and staff are true role models for women leaders. They are committed to the HERS mission of equality and excellence in higher education,” Pennington said.