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    May 01, 2019

    Methodist College is pleased to announce that Dr. Deborah Garrison, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the year-long Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program for prospective college and university presidents. The seminar-based program is designed to help individuals with the potential to serve as college and university presidents to clarify the alignment between their personal and professional values and goals and the missions of institutions that they might lead in the future. With a wave of retirements of university presidents on the horizon, it is especially important that individuals who become new presidents are well suited to the culture of the institution. The program aims to produce presidencies that are highly effective, long lasting, and satisfying to both the individual and the institution.


    Participants, including Garrison, will engage in two seminars, participate in consultations with experienced facilitators, and undertake a series of readings about the vocation of college president and the role of vision and mission in institutional leadership.


    In addition to her current role at Methodist College, Dr. Garrison has served as the Interim Chancellor and President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Garrison’s extensive career in higher education has included Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at Midwestern State University Texas and Dean of Nursing at Widener University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Garrison earned her doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Texas Woman’s University. She has secured numerous scholarships and grants that benefit Methodist College students. She is an advocate for higher education and is an active member in the local community, serving on several boards.


    “Dr. Deborah Garrison has had significant leadership experience here at Methodist College, as well as at universities in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Her selection as one of 20 participants nationwide to participate in this unique senior leadership institute brings great credit to herself and Methodist College,” said Methodist College Chancellor Dr. James Dire.


    The CIC program’s approach to the preparation of new presidents has proven highly successful in the period that the program has been operating. Since 2005, 60 program participants (33 percent) have been named to college presidencies - a very high rate of advancement among leadership development programs.


    The program is directed by Frederik Ohles, Nebraska Wesleyan University president and CIC senior advisor. For more information about the Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program, which is generously funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., visit www.cic.edu/VocationMission.

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