Three ag faculty members complete national LEAD21 program

Seven individuals, men and women, pose with certificates in front of a LEAD21 backdrop.

Three faculty members from the Auburn University College of Agriculture were among 88 nationally to complete the 2023-24 LEAD21 leadership-development program. They were Jeremiah Davis, professor and director of the National Poultry Technology Center; Kim Mullenix, professor of animal sciences; and Geoff Williams, associate professor of entomology.

LEAD21 participants represented land-grant institutions and partners from across the nation. Over the course of the past year, they met regularly with peers, both in-person and virtually, to enhance personal leadership capacity. The graduation was held at the culmination of the third in-person session, where the focus was on organizational leadership through collaboration, communication and leading change.

The primary purpose of LEAD21 is to develop leaders among land-grant institutions and partners who can lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current positions or future leadership positions.

Goals of LEAD21 are to enhance application of skills and knowledge across a set of nine leadership competencies, to develop a network of peer leaders, to enhance personal leadership practice, to create a diversity of perspectives and to develop and implement individuals’ leadership development process.

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Josh Woods has served as director of communications and marketing for Auburn University’s College of Agriculture since 2013. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and aspires to one day have a clean office.

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