CDLS Receives National Recognition

Leadership Excellence magazine ranks Center for the Development of Leadership Skills as one of the top leadership development programs in the country.
Friday, January 13, 2012

For the third consecutive year, Leadership Excellence magazine has recognized Rider University’s Center for the Development of Leadership Skills as one of the premier leadership development programs in the country.

In its “2011 Best in Leadership Development,” Leadership Excellence recognizes top leadership programs at higher-education institutions, and corporate, nonprofit, government and consulting organizations.

John Farrell, director of the Center for the Development of Leadership Skills (CDLS), said the ranking illustrates the continued success of CDLS and its Leadership Development Program (LDP), a four-year program designed for students of all majors.

“Each year, we have moved up the rankings as our programs have grown and increased their in their value and impact. We are now ranked as 21st in the Education/Universities/Schools of Management and Business category, against some formidable competition,” Farrell said. “I want to recognize the contributions of our associate director, Laura Seplaki, and our graduate assistant, Elizabeth Williams. Their leadership and energy continue to make such a great difference in the lives of our students and community.”

The Center for the Development of Leadership Skills is housed in Rider University’s College of Business Administration, which is AACSB-accredited for undergraduate and graduate Business and Accounting programs. Since 2004, CDLS has served as the leadership training and education resource for the entire University and its surrounding community. The Center has hosted a number of programs designed for women in transition, aspiring executive leaders, student performers in the arts and athletics, as well as lecture series, leadership trips and career workshops.

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(left to right) Laura Seplaki and John Farrell