For Potential Participants

Potential participants may have many questions about the Leadership UD program. In a nutshell, Leadership UD brings together a diverse group of faculty and professional staff from across campus to learn, share and experience a wide range of issues from the perspective of a leader.

Each participant will learn more about his or her own leadership style, and about formal and informal leadership structures on campus. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with people and departments with which they may not normally interact.

Time Commitment

Leadership UD participants are offered numerous learning opportunities throughout the year. Each participant is required to attend at least eight of eleven scheduled Friday afternoon sessions and a mandatory opening retreat; other opportunities are optional. Class participants are expected to prepare themselves for each session by reading materials or completing other assignments. Participants' repeated absences not only detract from their experience, but also adversely impact the entire cohort.

Retreat - A mandatory two-day retreat on September 11 & 12, which is integral to the team and trust-building processes. Leadership participants go off-site, and through a variety of activities, learn about each other and begin to explore leadership topics.

Sessions - The Leadership UD Development Team draws upon the talents, experiences and expertise of the University, the local community and the cohort members themselves in designing and delivering eleven formal sessions to the participants (44 hours). We develop sessions based on the belief that true insight and leadership development occurs when individuals understand and form connections among the institutional, professional and personal implications of what they are learning. The sessions are organized around three units: leadership at the University of Dayton, leadership and personal growth, and leadership in a changing world. Session formats include presentations, discussions, small and large group exercises, one-on-one conversations, journaling, etc.

Leadership Chats - During some of the sessions (or on a separate occasion), campus or community leaders are invited to talk with Leadership UD participants about their own career paths, what drew them into leadership, what have been the significant challenges and rewards of leadership, etc. These leaders are given a forum for reflecting out loud about their career choices, and participants are allowed to see - up close and personal - the human side of leadership. Leadership chat presenters have included both formal leaders of the University as well as those who lead simply through example and commitment.

Leadership in Action - Leadership UD participants are encouraged to attend several events during the year that showcase leadership in action, as their schedules permit. These special events include attending University meetings (e.g. President’s Council, Provost’s Council, Board of Trustee meetings), University gatherings (e.g. Alumni Awards Dinners, promotion luncheons), and also representing the University at community gatherings. Cohort members are also invited to participate in a series of events reflecting student leadership in action.


Nominees should submit an online Candidate Profile Form by Friday, February 19.

Candidate Profile form


Please contact any member of the Leadership UD Recruitment Team by e-mail or phone:

    Phil Anloague, 229-5602
    Deb Bickford, 229-5360
    Karen Bull, 229-3329
    Celine O'Neill, 229-4895
    Joan McGuinness Wagner, 229-3094