Excellence in Management


April 14, 2020

Dear Colleagues, 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and uncertain timing and process for the return to work and group meetings at Penn State, we have decided to postpone the scheduled summer offering of the Excellence in Management program at this time.  We will be working with our partners in the Smeal College of Business, Executive Programs to reintroduce the program once we have a better idea of when we can gather in person again.  We will also take this time to consider alternate methods of delivering the Excellence in Management program as we quickly embrace the technology that allows us to connect in a remote environment.    


Penn State HR-Talent Management 


About the Program

Excellence in Management (EIM) is a joint offering by Human Resources (HR) and the Penn State Executive Programs. This program is designed to provide managers and directors at the University with the strategic perspective and skills required to effectively lead a unit and steward resources.

Participants attending the program will learn how to create strategic direction, align people and resources to implement the unit’s goals and strategies, and lead change. Special focus will be placed on creating an environment of ethics and value-based decision-making, accountability, and calculated risk-taking and innovation.

Delivered through six one-day sessions, the program prepares Penn State leaders to critically assess and respond to the changing environment, see how the forces of culture impact performance, understand how financial measures are linked to strategy, and hone leadership skills that establish a common sense of purpose for commitment and cooperation.  This program also offers each participant an option to participate in a 360 Leadership Development Assessment, and a one hour debrief/coaching session.   

This program is typically scheduled twice a year, once in the summer (June/July) and once in the winter (January/February).

Please note that there is no fee for Penn State employees to attend this program.

Application & Selection Process

***Please note the summer 2020 program is on hold***

The application window is open for future offerings.  The scheduled summer session has been postponed due to the Corona pandemic. If you have any questions please contact [email protected].


Participants in this program will:

  1. Hold a position with the title, Manager, Director, Senior Director, Executive Director, Department Head, or an equivalent
  2. Supervise staff
  3. Have budget responsibility
  4. Participate in the development of their unit strategic plan
  5. Employed by Penn State for at least one (1) year

Summer 2020 Schedule - On hold

Date Topic(s)
Tuesday, June 16 Strategic Leadership
Tuesday, June 23 Creating and Implementing Strategy and Effective Communication
Tuesday, June 30 University Budget Process, SIMBA Update and Ethical Leadership
Tuesday, July 7 Executive Decision Making and Performance Management
Tuesday, July 14 Diversity, Accountability, and Business Decision Making
Tuesday, July 21 Team Workshop, Change Management, and Program Summary

Please Note: All sessions run from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm in Room 201 of the Keller Building and lunch is provided.


For more information, please contact [email protected].

Faculty and Staff Presenters

A talented team of faculty and staff will provide frameworks and techniques to transform vision into an action plan for results.

Faculty and Staff Presenters
Presenter Title Unit/College
Dr. John Austin Affiliated Faculty in Strategic Leadership Penn State Executive Programs
Dr. Shawn Clark Director, Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship The Smeal College of Business
Ms. Jennifer Clouser Talent Management Specialist Penn State Human Resources/Talent Management
Ms. Kim Fisher Assistant Controller Office of Corporate Controller
Mr. Andy Gustafson Assistant Professor of Managerial Communications The Smeal College of Business
Ms. Charleon Jeffries Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division of Development and Alumni Relations
Ms. Debbie Meder Special Projects Administrator Enterprise Project Management Office, SIMBA project lead
Mr. Kenneth Pasch Affiliated Faculty in Accounting Management The Smeal College of Business
Mr. Andy Reisinger Director of Budget and Reporting University Budget Office
Dr. Albert A. Vicere Executive Education, Professor of Strategic Leadership The Smeal College of Business