Jolee West, director of academic computing services, director of digital projects, was chosen to participate in the 2009 Frye Leadership Institute for library and information professionals. The intensive summer program takes place at Emory University from May 31 to June 11. Following the two week session at Emory, each participant works on a year-long practicum at their institution, and the classes remain in contact through e-mail groups and subsequent conferences.
Ganesan “Ravi” Ravishanker, associate vice president for Information Technology Services, nominated West for the Leadership Institute. The nationally competitive application process selects around 45 participants from an average of 200-250 applicants. West received Mellon Foundation Scholarship to cover tuition, room and board expenses.
The Frye Institute seeks to develop Higher Education leadership talent from participants working in Library and Information Technology. Each Frye class is constructed carefully to ensure representation from different fields and types of institutions. The program is not specifically about libraries or information technology, but about leadership, policy and effecting change and transformation in Higher Education.