Graham selected for national leadership development program

Melody GrahamMount Mercy University is pleased to announce that Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Melody Graham is one of 20 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in the 2012 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers: Classical and Contemporary Reading. Through an examination of classic and contemporary readings, the Colloquium will help participants reflect on power, ethics, and responsibility and strengthen their leadership skills.

Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom. As a participant, Graham will attend a seminar in Annapolis, Md., July 17–21. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will lead the Colloquium, which will engage participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary thought selected to help chief academic officers gain insights into issues commonly faced by today's academic leaders. Examination, discussion, and reflection will help foster the perspectives and skills academic officers need for leadership success.

"Higher education faces many uncertainties, but one thing is certain. Those who lead academic programs of colleges and universities must be able to make sense of complex and unprecedented situations and bring strategic wisdom into practical use," says Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges. "Successful academic leadership will demand keen intellectual vision and decisive judgment, and the Colloquium will help leaders hone these skills."

Graham has been with Mount Mercy since 1991. Her many leadership roles and accomplishments include serving as department chair in 1997- 2002 and serving twice as social science division chair. She was appointed director of academic assessment in 2000, held the Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellent in 2006 – 08, and was appointed dean of graduate studies in 2007, where she oversaw Mount Mercy's graduate programs in business, education, nursing, and marriage and family therapy. In 2011, she was appointed acting provost and vice president of academic affairs. Graham holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts from Claremont Graduate University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

For more information about the Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers, visit

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society.

The American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education. AALI creates and implements programs and assistance for academic leaders in various administrative positions enabling them to be successful in their roles and to advance the institutions they serve.

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