A select group of area professionals will spend the next nine months developing leadership skills.
The Leadership Muskingum program kicked off Friday at the Ohio University/Zane State Campus Center. Alumni Committee Chair Dan Kieffer said this year’s students will learn about their own leadership styles, and the importance of networking.
"We also ask our participants to give back to the community, so we require eight hours of what we call ‘Service Learning.’ That could be working with a volunteer organization, or creating your own thing," said Kieffer.
Kieffer said the program began to fulfill the community’s need of strong leaders, and since its beginning, over 200 students have graduated.
"The success I see is when I’m out in the community, say, at a meeting of leaders, and I look around the table and see… There might be 20 people at that table, and 10 or 15 of them are graduates of the program. That instills me with pride."
This is the 12th year for the program.