Ashland University's Margaret Pomfret Selected for National Leadership Development Program

9/3/10 ASHLAND, OH -- Margaret Pomfret, executive director of Development and Campaigns for Ashland University, is one of only 42 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. As a participant, Pomfret will attend two seminars, one in the fall in Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 5-7, and one in the spring in Washington, D.C. Pomfret will participate in a mentoring program, experiential learning projects, and a series of readings and case studies.

The purpose of the Academy is to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division-including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management and advancement-in independent higher education.

"Competition for the available places in the program was extremely keen," says Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. "It is worth noting that the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Margaret Pomfret has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus."

Ashland University President Dr. Frederick Finks was pleased that Pomfret was selected.

"Margaret began with Ashland in the Office of Admission and within her first year distinguished herself as a capable leader with vision, passion and competency.  Her abilities were quickly recognized by the senior staff of the University and she was offered the position of Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at the age of 25," Finks said. "She took a program that was struggling with low numbers, low interest and low activity and developed a program today that is the envy of many of our sister schools. She has been recognized for her leadership both within the University and within her professional ranks."

In 2010, Margaret was promoted to executive director of Development and Campaigns for the University.

"I have personally been involved in development for over 38 years and can attest to her 'natural' gift of development," Finks added. "She has a deep love and respect for all people regardless of their position. She is outgoing and engaging in drawing people to her. She is a good listener and shows genuine interest in peoples' stories. Margaret is a natural leader whose participation in this academy will only enhance her leadership skills."

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The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society. The American Academic Leadership Institute provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education.

Ashland University (<>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.