Dr. Brenda Bryant, director of Mary Baldwin University’s Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, will serve on the Virginia Board of Education’s Leadership Development Committee.

The Leadership Development Committee was formed as result of a 1999 Virginia Board of Education Resolution on Leadership Development. Kirk T. Schroder, president, Virginia Board of Education, appointed to the committee “individuals who have distinguished themselves in leadership roles and in providing leadership training for others.”

The committee will oversee the writing of a model K-12 leadership curriculum for Virginia public schools and work with a drafting subcommittee. The Leadership Development Curriculum will be designed to support the Standards of Learning and identify essential skills that young people need for successful leadership.

According to Board of Education President Schroder, “The proposed curriculum’s implementation is intended to provide leadership instruction at all levels, reinforce academic standards, encourage the participation of state and local experts in leadership development, and provide individuals with the leadership abilities they need to meet present and future challenges of our society.”

The committee plans to meet twice in Richmond between January and April 2001.

Dr. Bryant earned a B.A. in political science from Vassar College, an M.A. in education from Catholic University and a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California, Washington Public Affairs Center. She is an expert in leadership training and organizational development. As director of VWIL, she is responsible for all aspects of program development, implementation and management.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women–the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership–as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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