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Leading the way to Board Excellence

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Do you find yourself or your colleagues in difficult or polarized conversations? Do you want to learn how to handle conflicts and negotiations on your board? Are you dealing with issues that cut across your region where no one board is in charge?

Leading the Way to Board Excellence is open to county, school board, and municipal elected officials and will be held on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee, NC. This unique four-part program offered by the Center for Public Leadership and Governance is designed to help you understand yourself better as a leader and give you skills to work more effectively with others. You will learn how to communicate your vision and values, and explore ways to work with others towards a common purpose.

The program is designed in 2-day segment and is scheduled in a way that allows commuting to and from Cullowhee. You can stay closely connected to work and home, and continue your governing responsibilities. Between segments, you will re-connect with class members and faculty through virtual learning communities, so you can share your experiences with your peers as you practice what you learn. Applicants must commit to attending all four segments, participating in the virtual learning communities and engaging in the evaluation at the end.


Patrice Roesler serves as Manager of Elected Official Programming for the Center for Public Leadership and Governance. Prior to joining the School of Government in January 2018, she worked for more than four decades at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC), most recently ...