ATLANTA – Mercer University’s Penfield College will receive the 2019 Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) South Distinguished Program Award for a non-credit program at the association’s annual conference April 2 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Mercer is being recognized with this award for its Executive Leadership Program, which offers customized programs tailored to private, public, government and nonprofit organizations.
“I am immensely proud of the many years of fine work now validated and recognized as the best program of its kind by ACHE,” said Dr. Priscilla Danheiser, dean of Penfield College. “I am proud of the important contribution our faculty members are making through this excellent curriculum to build leadership capacity within communities and organizations across the state of Georgia and beyond.”
Components of this program have been offered to organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia’s Public Health Districts, Piedmont Healthcare, the U.S. Air Force installation at Robins Air Force Base, the Atlanta FBI Field Office Cybersecurity Unit, GreyStone Power Corporation, and both the Leadership Douglas and Leadership Henry programs.
The program is based in Penfield College’s Department of Leadership Studies, chaired by Dr. Lynn Clemons, associate professor of organizational leadership.
Dr. Clemons, a U.S. Army veteran with more than 25 years of professional and academic experience in leadership, management and supervision, and program and curriculum development, will accept the award and provide remarks about the program at the ACHE South Annual Conference.
“I am honored by this recognition,” said Dr. Clemons. “It gives me great pleasure to accept the award on behalf of the efforts and leadership of an amazing team who make this possible.”
In addition to the Executive Leadership Program, the Leadership Studies Department offers undergraduate degrees in organizational leadership, criminal justice leadership, homeland security and emergency management, healthcare leadership, and human resources administration and development. The department offers master’s degrees in organizational leadership – healthcare leadership, organizational leadership – nonprofit leadership, and organizational leadership – organizational development and change leadership, as well as in criminal justice and public safety leadership.
The Association for Continuing Higher Education, founded as the Association of University Evening Colleges in 1939, is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. As an organization of colleges, universities and individuals, it encourages professional development, research and exchange of information for its members and continuing higher education as a means of enhancing and improving society.