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COSM Dean to participate in USG Accelerated Leadership Academy

Dr. Abell

Dr. Martha Abell

Martha Abell, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (COSM), has been selected to participate in the 2017 University System of Georgia’s (USG) Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) Accelerated Leadership Academy (ALA).

As one of just 15 selected participants, Abell has been given the opportunity to represent the University in this competitive program from Jan.-Nov. 2017. The ALA builds on the curriculum from the Executive Leadership Institute, which Abell completed in 2013, and provides advisement on improving the leadership effectiveness of program participants with a focus on integrity and ethics.

“The interaction with colleagues from across the USG within the ALA will provide an opportunity to better understand the challenges facing our campuses and enhance my skills in identifying potential problems in the future,” said Abell. “In addition, participation in a program like the ALA will better prepare me for possibly more demanding situations in the future. Of course, these experiences will also help me become a stronger mentor in assisting others on their pathways to leadership positions here on campus.”

Abell began her career at Georgia Southern as an assistant professor in 1989. She became an associate professor and then a professor for the Department of Mathematical Sciences, was the director of the University Honors Program from 2001-2004, became Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2004, interim dean of COSM in 2012 and the Dean in 2014.

“I would encourage others on campus to take part in leadership training in programs on campus like the Eagle Leadership Program, programs sponsored by the USG like the ELI/ALA, or programs offered by professional societies,” said Abell. “I have found programs like these offer excellent opportunities to learn from colleagues, both internal and external to campus, and to take a close look at how my leadership style impacts those around me.”

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