University president, Fr. Bill Beauchamp, has charged Robin Anderson, Dean, Pamplin School of Business and the Franz Chair in Entrepreneurship, to put together an exploratory plan with a committee of leaders from within the university to investigate what it would mean for UP to have an Institute for leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation. As Fr. Bill notes, "We are in the business of developing strong, ethical leaders. I'd like to better understand what an institute like this could bring to advance our students and this community." The creation of the institute was included as part of the recently completed university strategic plan. Dr. Anderson will be reviewing aspirant programs at other institutions as well as looking in-depth at what offerings currently exist at UP within these three categories. It is expected that the planning process will last throughout the current academic year.
In the late summer and throughout the fall of 2011, Sandra Suran ('68), managing member of the eponymous Suran Group, a business consulting and management company, worked with a team of graduate business students to continue the planning process for the Institute for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation through a discussion of materials, review of external centers and institutes, and internal survey of programs and resources.
Their overall conclusion included several recommendations for future action, such as: involve as many people across campus as possible in the planning process, create a strong planning infrastructure, and assure a focus on how the establishment of the ILEI will impact students.
You can review the report and its supporting documents via the links below:
The Sub-committee for Leadership resumed its regular meeting schedule during the fall semester of 2012. Discussions centered around further examining the leadership activities on campus, creating a working definition for leadership, and establishing a vision for what leadership can do on campus based upon the inventory of existing programs. The IPR from the fall 2012 semester (link below) explains the following: (1) Where we have been over the last year, (2) The big opportunity and, (3) where we plan to go next semester.