Georgia Southwestern’s Mark Laughlin selected for Leadership Institute

Nov. 25 – AMERICUS – Mark Laughlin, interim dean of Georgia Southwestern State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected to attend the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute 2022-2023.

The Leadership Institute is a comprehensive six-month, 120-hour developmental program designed to improve leadership skills and prepare participants for advanced and cabinet leadership positions within the Georgia university system. Laughlin will join 35 faculty and staff from 25 USG institutions and the University System Office.

“I am honored and humbled to have been nominated and selected,” said Laughlin. “I respect the President very much [Neal] Weber and Provost [Suzanne] Smith’s support and I look forward to working with other ELI grantees throughout the university system.”

For more than a decade, USG has hosted ELI for faculty and staff to develop new leaders within the university system and provide professional development opportunities to help them grow their careers in Georgia.

“This is about supporting and nurturing our own people within the university system,” said USG Chancellor Sonny Perdue. “Often the best talent is already among us. We want to give our employees the best opportunity to experience this type of professional development so that they can reach their full potential.”

The Presidents appoint an Academic Director and a Human Resources Director to attend. From the nominees, individuals are selected for the program and participate in a leadership development curriculum that includes content, personal reflection, job shadowing, and cross-mentoring.

“Dr. Laughlin has always been student-centric in his approach to teaching and his service to his department, GSW, and the local community is commendable,” said Suzanne Smith, GSW Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “He’s making great strides in leadership at the collegiate level and I believe he has the skills to achieve whatever leadership goals he has set for himself.”

Laughlin joined the faculty at GSW in 2008 and has served as Chair of the Department of Music, Communications and New Media and Associate Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Laughlin holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of North Alabama, a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Memphis, a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia College and State University and a doctorate in musicology from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

The USG ELI program is an effective investment in USG’s future leaders as the university system continues to serve our public higher education community.