Dr. Sharon Decker, Centenary University’s Chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department and Associate Professor of English, is participating in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program designed for mid-level administrators. Dr. Decker was recommended by Dr. James Patterson, Centenary University Chief Academic Officer and Provost and Dr. Gerard O’Sullivan, Provost of St. Peter’s University.
The Harvard University Management Development Program teaches to think beyond one’s administrative area and lead in ways that support larger institutional objectives. Those who attend will understand how different units function and will be able to incorporate broader strategic considerations into management decisions. Those who complete this program are equipped with the insight to think more strategically, balance competing demands on one’s time and engage in more forward-thinking leadership.
This two-week opportunity is designed to understand the characteristics of effective leadership in higher education. In addition, the participants learn how to develop and lead high-functioning teams, as well as develop skills on how to function as an effective change agent. Conference attendees also learn to identify the conditions – both individual and institutional – that increase opportunities for professional development and personal transformation.
“The MDP program is a great opportunity for me to reflect and build upon my leadership skills and enhance the adaptive learning environment in my department and at Centenary,” says Dr. Decker. “I am very grateful for the support from the Provost’s office, and for the chance to dive deeply with colleagues from eight nations into topics, such as internationalization, advancement, strategic planning and finance.”
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.
Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.