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Ken Blanchard gives gift to USD leadership program

The University of San Diego School of Business Administration has created a new Undergraduate Leadership Development Program helped by a gift from leadership experts Margie and Ken Blanchard.

The amount of the gift was not publicly disclosed.

It will fund the Margie and Ken Blanchard Leadership Forums, featuring keynote speakers who will provide fundamental exposure to the transformational power of leadership and assist participants in self-reflective and self-assessment exercises.

“We’re very pleased to receive this generous gift from Margie and Ken,” said David Pyke, dean of USD’s School of Business Administration. “The Margie and Ken Blanchard Leadership Forums will be a key component of our new program to offer undergraduates the kind of leadership training that traditionally has been reserved for students at the graduate level.”

The new program also will include a leadership fellows academy and training retreats to provide undergraduates with intensive training, role-playing and self-assessment to become ethical and transformative leaders. The business school plans to raise a total of $600,000 to endow the program.

To date, the Undergraduate Leadership Development Program has successfully delivered two series of workshops, one each in the spring and fall of 2010. These workshops, each spanning two days, were designed specifically for undergraduate leaders of business student clubs and fraternities. Approximately 25 students participated in each round, with some in both.

-- Doug Sherwin

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