News from the Bush School

Emerging Leaders Program Held

May 23, 2012

Competent, ethical, and well-trained leaders are essential to successful nonprofit and public service organizations. To help meet that critical need, the Bush School has developed a dynamic educational program, Emerging Leaders in Public Service, which was held May 15 -17, 2012. Thirteen students took part in this year’s three-day-in-residence program held at the Bush School on the Texas A&M campus.

Dr. Will Brown, director of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, noted that the Emerging Leaders program was designed for those in the nonprofit sector, education, or state and local government who want to improve their leadership skills. Other attendees included current graduate students planning a nonprofit or public service career and individuals entering the nonprofit field from other economic sectors.

“In this intensive three-day course, students gain a better understanding of their leadership skills and the challenges of nonprofit management, and receive support to improve their leadership capabilities,” Brown said. “It’s an ideal introduction to nonprofit/public sector leadership. We had excellent participants this year, and based on their evaluations of the course, we feel that this program is definitely meeting a need in the nonprofit community,” he added.

In addition to the 20+ hours of workshops and training, participants also received leadership and personality assessments, a personalized professional development plan, and extensive opportunities for networking with peers from the nonprofit/public sector.

Detailed information on course content and the application for next year’s program can be found on the web at