Excellence in Management

About the Program

This program, a joint offering by the Office of Human Resources and Penn State Executive Programs, is designed to provide managers and directors at the University with the strategic perspective and skills required to effectively lead a unit and steward resources.

Participants attending the program will learn how to create strategic direction, align people and resources to implement the unit’s goals and strategies, and lead change. Special focus will be placed on creating an environment of ethics and value-based decision-making, accountability, and calculated risk-taking and innovation.

Delivered through six one-day sessions, the program prepares Penn State leaders to critically assess and respond to the changing environment, see how the forces of culture impact performance, understand how financial measures are linked to strategy, and hone leadership skills that establish a common sense of purpose for commitment and cooperation.

This program is typically scheduled twice a year, once in the summer (June/July) and once in the winter (January/February).

Please note that there is no fee for Penn State employees to attend this program.

Winter 2018 Schedule

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Topic: Strategic Leadership

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Topics: Creating and Implementing Strategy and  Ethical Leadership

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Topics: Performance Management and Diversity

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Topics: Executive Decision Making and Effective Communication

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Topics:  University Budget Process, Managing Budgets and Accountability & Business Decision Making

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Team Workshop, Change Management and Program Summary

Please Note: All sessions run from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm in Room 201 of the Keller Building and lunch is provided

Faculty and Staff Presenters

A premier faculty and staff, including a Top 10 leadership coach, will provide frameworks and techniques to transform vision into an action plan for results.

Dr. Albert A. Vicere, Executive Education, Professor of Strategic Leadership, The Smeal College of Business

Ms. Maria Taylor, Program Co-Faculty Director, Affiliate Faculty in Strategic Leadership, Penn State Executive Programs

Mr. Andy Reisinger, Interim University Budget Officer and Director of Budget and Reporting, University Budget Office

Ms. Kim Fisher, Assistant Controller, Office of Corporate Controller

Mr. Edward R. Jenkins, Instructor of Accounting, The Smeal College of Business

Dr. Emil Cunningham, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Finance and Business

Mr. Gary A. Abdullah, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Bellisario College of Communications 

Dr. Tim Balliett, University Ethics Officer, Office of Ethics and Compliance

Ms. Stephanie Flanagan, Performance Management and Onboarding, Penn State Human Resources/Talen Management

Mr. Andy Gustafson, Assistant Professor of Managerial Communications, The Smeal College of Business

Ms. Sherrie Borden, Talent Specialist, Penn State Human Resources/Talent Management


Participants in this program will:

  1. Hold a position with the title, Manager, Director, Senior Director, Executive Director, Department Head or an equivalent
  2. Supervise staff
  3. Have budget responsibility
  4. Participate in the development of their unit strategic plan

Application & Selection Process

Please note: The winter 2018 offering is filled.  If you are interested in attending the program in the Summer of 2018 please submit your application.   Requests will be reviewed and responded to as they are received, but please allow 2-3 weeks for a reply.


For more information please contact Talent Management.