Mountaineer Leadership Academy, which provides training and professional development for West Virginia University staff and faculty, has been named the top higher education leadership and organizational development program in the annual Leadership Awards sponsored by to salute the world’s top leadership practitioners and programs.

“This national award serves as a validation of the Mountaineer Leadership Academy’s ability to accelerate and build better leaders at West Virginia University, said Emily Dennis, senior training and development specialist at WVU. “Our graduates and current participants have been our greatest supporters and advocates for continued leadership development opportunities.

“This prestigious honor recognizes our commitment to advancing the field of leadership knowledge and fosters best practices for current and future leaders at West Virginia University.”

MLA is an initiative of the WVU’s Division of Human Resources, offering more than 80 courses each academic year that focus on increasing the knowledge, skills and capabilities of all employees to create a collaborative culture through networking and partnerships.

Currently, the Academy comprises five different institutes designed to focus on different groups of professionals in order to enhance the leadership skills of current and future leaders of West Virginia University and West Virginia higher education. The Academy has served more than 400 participants during its eight years of existence.

The complete list of this year’s award winners was published in the February edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials.

Others honored in the category were Florida International University and N.C. State University.



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