2017-03-16 / Business News

FGCU Leadership Academy part of 20th anniversary celebration

As Florida Gulf Coast University celebrates its 20th anniversary, the FGCU Alumni Association invites the community to explore the school’s two decades of growth and progress at the inaugural FGCU Leadership Academy.

Fashioned after similar programs sponsored by business and civic organizations to introduce participants to the inner workings of their communities, the academy will meet monthly for six months, starting in April. Participants will be introduced to the newest facilities and programs offered at FGCU — along with the administrators and faculty who manage them, and alumni who have benefited from The FGCU Effect.

The program will not only provide leadership training from FGCU staff and alumni but will also provide “an inside look at our ever-evolving campus and its surrounding properties in a special way,” says Kimberly Wallace, director of alumni relations. “For instance, we’ll visit the waterfront Vester Marine Field Station in Bonita Springs and the new Emergent Technologies Institute a few miles northeast of campus — both sites of cutting-edge educational research,” Ms. Wallace says.

On-campus tours will take participants behind the scenes at Alico Arena and FGCU’s growing athletics facilities and the state-of-theart laboratories for tomorrow’s health-care professionals in Marieb Hall.

“Best of all, the deans of FGCU’s colleges, faculty members and alumni representing each university program will be there to share industry trends and offer information and other practical tools that you can apply to your own business or profession,” Ms. Wallace adds.

Sessions will meet from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. Besides visits to the Vester station in April, Alico Arena in May, Marieb Hall in June and the ETI in July, the Leadership Academy will venture inside FGCU’s business hub, Lutgert Hall, in August, and conclude with a graduation celebration in September.

The FGCU Alumni Association Leadership Academy is limited to 15 participants. Applications are due by March 24. Tuition is $350 ($250 for FGCU alumni).

To register or for more information, visit www.alumni.fgcu.edu, click on the “Engage” tab at the top of the home page and follow the drop menu to “Leadership Academy.” ¦

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