Twenty-Six Graduate from the Rural Leadership Institute

Wednesday, 05 June 2013

Twenty-Six Graduate from the Rural Leadership Institute

Twenty-six South Carolina residents recently participated in the Rural Area Leadership Initiative (RLI) at Francis Marion University.

The RLI at FMU included 40 hours of leadership training delivered in one-day sessions over several months. The curriculum includes two phases with six sessions each; Phase One concentrates on individual skill development and Phase Two concentrates on leadership and program development for community based organizations.

Hailing from seven counties, participants were drawn from the private sector and non-profit organizations. The recruitment process identified a diverse cohort to best represent their community and region.

The curriculum of RLI emphasizes organizational management, budgeting and finance, problem solving, intergovernmental relations and other topics specifically tailored to the needs of rural communities. A distinguished faculty includes a diverse representation of scholars and renowned practitioners from higher education institutions, the private sector and nonprofit organizations from throughout the nation.

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