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UCO's Executive Leadership Program is a program designed for UCO employees who are looking to take a step into upper-leadership. Participants will obtain both the transactional and transformative leadership experiences to strengthen their management and business acumen. This program will provide a competitive edge as they assume positions of executive leadership, both on and off campus.


Key Facts

  • Prerequisites are Educators Leadership Academy and either Leadership UCO or the Management Development Program completion or projected completion dates.
  • Applications are due June 1, 2016. Applicants will be selected by executive leadership.
  • Commitment to the program is roughly 12 business days
  • Meet with a mentor once a month
  • Participation Fee is $1,600

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the Executive Leadership Program, participants will:

  • Articulate the mission, vision, top priorities, and areas of responsibilities of the University of Central Oklahoma and its major divisions as OKC’s Metropolitan University
  • Implement an expanded understanding of the University to better navigate, communicate and collaborate intradepartmental and interdepartmentally
  • Identify the nature, evolution, theories, and art of leadership in an effort to avoid fatal flaws,
  • Construct their personal leadership style
  • Build their leadership strengths
  • Demonstrate the art of leadership to affect change
  • Build strategic skills for effective decision-making, strategy development, and implementation at the executive level
  • Formulate a holistic approach to identify problems and formulate solutions for executive review.
  • Explain current challenges facing public higher education in the U.S., Oklahoma, and UCO
  • Describe the roles of the various stakeholders in the governance and executive leadership of UCO
  • Implement critical ‘big picture’ thinking about your transactional and transformational development for executive leadership

Program Schedule

  • Kickoff Retreat- August 25-26 Postal Center - Norman, OK (Overnight)
  • Basics of UCO as a Merto-Serving University -Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • Research Perspectives on Leadership and Strategic Planning and Execution- Thursday, October 27, 2016
  • Academic Affairs and Information Technology - Thursday, January 12, 2017
  • RUSO Meeting - January 19, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 OR January 20, 2017 from 9:00-11:00
  • Legislative Session at the Capitol - Monday, February 6, 2017
  • The Personal Side of Leadership - Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • UCO Foundation and Administration - Thursday, March 9, 2017
  • Student Affairs - Thursday, May 4, 2017
  • University Relations and Public Affairs - Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Commencement Dinner

For questions, please contact Mark Kinders at ext. 5562 or mkinders@uco.edu.