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.

The summer session is now full.  Please check back in August when the winter 2019 schedule is posted.


Summer 2018 Schedule  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Topic: Strategic Leadership

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Topics: Creating and Implementing Strategy and  Effective Communication

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Topics: Executive Decision Making and Ethical Leadership

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Topics:  Diversity, Accountability and Business Decision Making

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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

The summer 2018 session is now full if you are interested in attending the program in the Winter of 2019 please submit your application.  The winter 2019 schedule will be posted in August. 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, including a Top 10 leadership coach, 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. Emil Cunningham, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Finance and Business

Mr. Gary A. Abdullah, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Bellisario College of Communications 

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

Mr. Robert Fantaske, Talent Specialist, Penn State Human Resources/Talent Management