Excellence in Management

About the Program

This program, a joint offering by Human Resources and Penn State Executive Programs, 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 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.

Winter 2019 Schedule  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Topic: Strategic Leadership

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Topics: Creating and Implementing Strategy and  Effective Communication

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Topics: Performance Management, University Budget Process and Managing Budgets at Penn State

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Topics: Executive Decision Making and Ethical Leadership

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Topics:  Diversity, Accountability and Business Decision Making

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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


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

Application & Selection Process

We are now accepting applications for the winter 2019 Excellence in Managment program. If you are interested in attending the program in the Winter of 2019 please submit your application.  The winter 2019 schedule is posted above. Requests will be reviewed and responded to as they are received, but please allow 2-3 weeks for a reply.


For more information please contact Talent Management.

Faculty and Staff Presenters

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

Dr. Albert A. Vicere, Executive Education, Professor of Strategic Leadership, The Smeal College of Business

Ms. Maria Taylor, Affiliate Faculty in Strategic Leadership, Penn State Executive Programs

Mr. Andy Reisinger, Director of Budget and Reporting, University Budget Office

Ms. Kim Fisher, Assistant Controller, Office of Corporate Controller

Mr. Kenneth Pasch, Affiliated Faculty in Accounting Management, The Smeal College of Business

Dr. Tim Balliett, University Ethics Officer, Office of Ethics and Compliance

Ms. Stephanie Flanagan, Performance Management and Onboarding, Penn State Human Resources/Talent Management

Mr. Andy Gustafson, Assistant Professor of Managerial Communications, The Smeal College of Business