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Extension Administrator Accepted for National Leadership Program

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The associate director of Urban and New Nontraditional Programs for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University will take part in a coveted and prestigious two-year leadership program.


Dr. Celvia Stovall has been accepted for the fall 2013 Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), an executive leadership development program for academia, industry, and government professionals.  


FSLI enhances personal and professional development by stressing leadership StovallCelvia.jpg
competencies, skills for organizational change, and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food systems.  The FSLI experience prepares scholars for upper-level leadership roles in food system programs, and to assume broader leadership responsibilities within their organizations.


During the FSLI program, Stovall will work with expert instructors, leadership development coaches, and an upper level mentor to help expand her leadership abilities. She will also meet with leaders of universities, political leaders, industry leaders, and others who have advanced to the highest levels of leadership.  Additionally, leadership theory is combined with practical experience, often in the context of food systems and higher education.


The FSLI is administered by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), with the initial funding provided by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Year-one of the program involves intensive executive education-style residential learning sessions at three university locations:  North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  During year two, Stovall will apply what she has learned toward developing and carrying out an individual leadership project.


“I am excited about FSLI,” said Dr. Stovall.  “It is an opportunity to enhance my leadership skills in order to make a greater impact on the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.”


For additional information about the Food Systems Leadership Institute, visit


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