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Leadership Development at SVSU

The SVSU Leadership Development Program is designed for Administrative Professionals, Faculty and Support Staff newly appointed to leadership/supervisory positions and others seeking leadership development within the University.  

The program is based upon the Core Capabilities of Effective Leaders with the foundation of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) concepts and principles.  A series of four (4) sessions will be held covering each competency topic through presentations, discussion, exercises, development plans and assignments.

This program is an opportunity for current and emerging leaders at SVSU to explore, expand and deepen their personal and professional leadership skills and understanding.  

The Program will:

  • Provide a safe, open environment for personal growth and exploration.
  • Utilize Saginaw Valley State University talent to educate and feature.

Although it is SVSU's intention to support all employees who wish to advance personally and professionally, this is not intended as a purely succession-based program, nor is it guaranteeing advancement.  Strong leadership is essential to the future of SVSU and this is one step to building and supporting talent. 

All senior leadership, directors, supervisors, mentors and colleagues are encouraged to share this opportunity with current and emerging leaders and encourage them to apply.


  • Expand their knowledge, understanding, awareness and skills as it relates to the Core Capabilities of Effective Leaders and DE&I concepts and principles.
  • Build networks and learn from others within the group.
  • Be provided opportunities to share experiences, knowledge, opinions and ideas, while also moving outside their comfort zone to grow as a leader.
  • Be provided opportunities for hands-on application.
  • Map out a personal plan to further expand their skills, experience and educational development.

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  • Leadership Program Development Sessions are planned September 29, 2021 - December 9, 2021.
  • The Fall 2021 Leadership Development Program will be limited to 21 participants.
  • To support and encourage diversity, equity and inclusivity opportunity for all, current or emerging leader applicants must apply through the "Leadership Development Program application below. Refer to the Application Criteria below for more information.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 10, 2021.

Program Session Discriptions

Becoming an Inspirational Leader – Engaging Others through Words, Actions & Vision

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm


Setting a Strategic Vision, Direction, and a Compelling Course of Action that Drives Performance

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 8:30 am – 10:30 am


  • Strategic Planning Tools & Techniques - How to Establish Performance Measures That “DRIVE” Behaviors and Lead to Positive Outcomes
    -Lee Ann Rouse


Launching Initiatives & Achieving Success – Moving Forward in Spite of Competing Priorities

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 8:30 am – 10:30 am


How to Achieve a Competitive Edge Through Personal Development and Building Talent

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 8:15 am – 11:30 am



Closing Session

 Thursday, December 9, 2021, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

  • Closing Session - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership in our Community Roundtable

- Featuring community leaders and facilitated by Provost Deborah Huntley


Application Critieria


All applicants must have their supervisors’ approval for time away from work responsibilities.

If applications exceed the participant limit, preference will be given to the following criteria:

  • full-time, permanent status
  • years of service to SVSU
  • currently serving in an employee leadership/supervisory role
  • date of application to the program

For more information or questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at or (989) 964-4111.


Office of Human Resources
Wickes 373
Phone: (989) 964-4108 / Fax: (989) 964-7066

Employment & Hiring
Wickes 373
Phone: (989) 964-4108 / Fax: (989) 964-7066