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This is a series of 90-minute sessions designed to expand upon topics introduced at New Administrator Orientation. These sessions are required for department chairpersons, school directors, and associate deans of non-departmentally organized colleges within the first two years of their appointments; all other administrators are encouraged to attend sessions they would find useful.

Fall 2019 Schedule

MSU Budget Basics

Friday, September 20, 2019  from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the MSU Library, Green Room (4th Floor, West Wing)

Brent Johnston, University Budget Officer

In addition to offering an overview of the MSU budget, this session will provide information on details of MSU accounts, as well as an opportunity to discuss strategies for managing resources.

Retention, Hiring, and Spousal Hires

Thursday, October 10, 2019  from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Administration Building, Room 443

Theodore H. Curry II, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources

Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters

John Papapolymerou, Chairperson, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Paulette Granberry Russell, Senior Advisor to the President on Diversity, and Director, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

This session will cover policies, processes, and strategies for bringing outstanding faculty and academic staff to MSU and keeping them here.

Difficult Conversations

Thursday, October 17, 2019  from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Administration Building, Room 443

Rachel Croson, Dean, College of Social Science

Bill Donohue, Professor, Communication, College of Communication Arts & Sciences

Keith Promislow, Chairperson, Mathematics

One of the most challenging aspects of serving as an administrator involves the need to have conversations on difficult topics.  This panel will offer strategies and answer questions with the goal of sharing suggestions to guide discussions towards productive outcomes.

Transitioning into Academic Leadership: From Putting out Fires to Affecting Change

Friday, November 22, 2019  from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Administration Building, Room 443

Cara Cilano, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters

Ron Hendrick, Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

It is common that challenging situations are either previously known or discovered early in the tenure of a chair/director.   While they require attention and solutions, it is optimal to solve problems in a context of moving the unit forward in substantial, positive ways.  This workshop will offer perspective from experienced administrators in this process.


Please register for any of these events at: 

Spring Sessions will be available for registration in October when our new registration system goes live.


Resources from these sessions will be available after each event.

Resources from Current (2019-20) Leadership Institute Sessions

Resources from 2018-19 Leadership Institute Sessions

5 Tips on Surviving Your First Year as a Department Head