CASNR faculty participate in LEAD21 leadership-development program
By: Norman Martin
Eric Bernard, a professor and chairperson of Texas Tech University's Department of Landscape Architecture, was one of 79 individuals completing the LEAD21 leadership-development program.
This group of distinguished individuals represents land-grant institutions and their strategic partners from across the nation. Over the course of the past year, these individuals have met regularly with their peers, both in-person and virtually, to enhance their personal leadership capacity.
The graduation was held at the culmination of the third in-person session, where the focus was on organizational leadership through collaboration, communication and leading change, said Rochelle Sapp, LEAD21 Program Director and an Extension Leadership Specialist at the University of Georgia.
The primary purpose of LEAD21 is to develop leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics and extension who can to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current positions or future leadership positions.
Bernard, a nationally-recognized leader in landscape water resource management, joined the Texas Tech faculty in 2016 after serving in the private sector and more than 15 years at the University of New Mexico and Kansas State University.
In the past, he has focused on collaborative research aimed at modeling large-scale water and ecosystem dependent landscapes like the High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer and Flint Hills tall grass prairie ecoregion. Recent honors include the Texas Tech CASNR Distinguished Alumni Award (2015); and co-founder of the Consortium for Global Research on Groundwater-Based Economies (2001-2013).
Goals of LEAD21 are to enhance application of skills and knowledge across a set of nine leadership competencies, to develop a network of peer leaders to enhance personal leadership practice, collaboration and diversity of perspective and to develop and implement an individual's leadership development process.
Next in line to participate in the LEAD21 program from Texas Tech is Erica Irlbeck, an associate professor with Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. Since joining the Tech's faculty in 2009, Irlbeck taught students in video production in agriculture, agricultural communications campaigns and professional development.
Her research interests include risk and crisis communications, agriculture in television media and agricultural communications campaigns. Recent awards for Irlbeck include the Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching Professorship (2018); Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2018); Association for Communications Excellence Award of Excellence—Academic Programs Learning Community (2016); and the Non-Land-Grant Agricultural and Renewable Resources Universities' Young Educator Award (2015).
CONTACT: Eric Bernard, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-3482 or email@example.com
0304NM19 / Editor's Note: For more information on LEAD21, click here