Third Leadership Academy begins with presentations from chancellor, campus provost

Chancellor Blumenthal and Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dave Kliger address the opening session of the UCSC Leadership Academy Tuesday.
Two dozen faculty and staff members will meet over six months as part of the Leadership Academy. (Photographs by Guy Lasnier)

Chancellor Blumenthal kicked off the third UC Santa Cruz Leadership Academy class Tuesday with a talk on leadership and the university.

The Leadership Academy's goal is to build a diverse pool of academic and staff employees with the UC knowledge and skill to be successful in leadership roles at UCSC. Approximately two dozen staff and faculty members participate in the sessions that meet 12 times over six months under the direction of Alison Galloway, vice provost for academic affairs, and Barbara Perman, senior training manager.

Blumenthal spoke of the "fundamentally important mission" of a public research university and the importance of the people who ensure it operates successfully. "If you take away the people all you're left with is a lot of land and buildings," he said. Blumenthal also spoke of the difference between management and leadership. While each is important, "leadership is the ability to think and move in a new direction," he said.

Joining Blumenthal on the academy's first day was Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dave Kliger.