Lipscomb University’s Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership announces a new master’s program designed to build on the legacy of collaborative leadership used by Nashville civic leader Nelson Andrews and the leaders who worked with him to transform the city. The program has the distinction of being just one of two such master’s degrees in the nation.
Beginning this fall, the new master’s degree program in civic leadership will prepare recent college graduates and mid-career professionals for leadership positions in both their communities and their profession. The program can be completed in either one year or 15 months, through evening, weekend and online classes. It is designed for business, non-profit and government professionals of any age seeking a leadership degree with a focus on social innovation and collaboration.
National and international scholars and experts in civic leadership will join Nashville civic leaders and Lipscomb faculty in teaching the courses which include cross-cultural and cross-sector leadership, leadership and technology and leading community change. Applications for the fall 2011 class are now being accepted. To encourage mentoring as well as collaborative learning, the class will be limited to 15 students.
“Nashville was a model for collaborative leadership before the concept became popular among experts as necessary for success in every sector and in community building. Our challenge and opportunity is to prepare students for a version of that model that reflects a changing and diverse world shaped by ever-evolving technology,” said Linda Peek Schacht, executive director of the Andrews Institute.
“The Andrews Institute master’s program will employ a 21st century model of collaboration which will offer students the skills and knowledge to become civic entrepreneurs building thriving communities and thriving in their own professions.”
A variety of career sectors are supported by this degree including all levels of government, public policy analysis, corporate public affairs, corporate government relations and lobbying, foundations and philanthropy, community development, urban planning and social innovation through existing nonprofits and the creation of public-private partnerships.
Founded in October 2010 to build on the legacy of Nashville leader Nelson Andrews, the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership engages emerging and current leaders in programs to create thriving communities. The institute promotes and showcases government, business and not-for-profit leaders working together for the common good. Its programs provide for the study and practice of this collaborative civic leadership model and are based on the belief that civic leaders can be developed to intentionally create communities.
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