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National Leadership Program Selects Dr. Patricia Nava as Fellow for 2013-14 Class

May 02, 2013

Dr. Patricia Nava, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Undergraduate Studies - College of Engineering, has been selected as Fellow for the Class of 2013-14 of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology & Engineering (ELATE at Drexel®) program. ELATE is a collaborative project of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine.

"I am honored to have been selected as a Fellow for this prestigious program. I look forward to using the skills learned from ELATE to move the College of Engineering's strategic plan forward." said Dr. Nava when she learned her selection.

The 2nd class of Fellows begin the program in May and conclude their Fellowship year in March 2014 with a symposium featuring their projects. Graduation ceremonies will be attended by their deans and other university leaders.

Dr. Nava joins 18 other experienced and diverse women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The Fellows come from a range of universities and colleges across the nation, many with global experience. Nearly half of the Class have experience with leadership at levels of center directors, department chairs, and associate deans. Each was nominated by her dean or provost and will contribute to institutional initiatives applying skills learned in the program.

"We are extremely excited to launch a new year of the ELATE program and very pleased with the response of university leaders who support the itme and costs of this very intensive work of leadership," said Diane Magrane, Executive Director of Drexel's International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics and ELATE Fellowship Director. "Most importantly, the deans and provosts have committed to mentoring the Fellows and opening doors at the highest levels of leadership in their organizations. This response bodes well for the future of academic STEM leadership."

The program focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, leading and managing change initiatives within the Fellows respective institutions. Fellows use strategic finance and resource management to enhance the missions of their organizations. Participants will work with leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development. The curriculum includes in-residence sessions and activities, online modules and discussion and on-the-job application at each Fellow's home institution.

Dr. Nava's Fellowship year concludes with the completion of an Institutional Action Project developed in collaboration with Dean Richard Schoephoerster. The action project will address an institutional priority that will increase Fellows understanding of the challenges institutions face and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges.


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