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McComb selected for national leadership development program
McComb selected for national leadership development program

Lenoir-Rhyne University faculty member Veronica McComb, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director of the University Honors Academy, is one of 41 administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2019–2020 Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the yearlong program are leaders in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for more senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. McComb will participate in the SLA's opening seminar in Baltimore, Maryland, Nov. 1–3, 2019, and a closing seminar in Washington, D.C., June 21–23, 2020. She also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year.

The academy prepares prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education.

McComb, who joined LR in 2011, received her doctorate in American and New England Studies from Boston University. Her doctoral work focused on the influence of religion on the immigration experiences of Nigerians in the United States and was generously supported by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship for Religion and Ethics from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. McComb has developed pedagogical expertise in the flipped classroom. Her broader research and teaching interests include race, ethnicity, and immigration; media studies; African diaspora studies; and digital storytelling. She is the 2018 recipient of the Raymond M. Bost Distinguished Professor Award, which recognizes and encourages outstanding teaching at Lenoir-Rhyne.

University Provost Gary Johnson, Ph.D., said McComb is deserving of this opportunity. "In addition to being a wonderful teacher, Dr. McComb has proven herself to be a highly effective administrator through her work at the departmental level and as the director of the Lenoir-Rhyne Honors Academy," he stated. "I'm thrilled that she will have this opportunity to think about academic leadership in the context of her own vocational calling."

The academy is co-sponsored by CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute, and Academic Search, Inc. Linda M. Bleicken, president of AALI, will direct the program. For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit