Gov. Daniels meets with AU; Academy

Wed, 2007-01-10 17:00 -- univcomm
January 10, 2007

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels made his first visit to the Flagship Enterprise Center recently to meet AU leadership and the 25th anniversary class of the Leadership Academy of Madison County. Daniels pointed out how enormously important programs like the Leadership Academy of Madison County are to communities and feels strongly that this program is one of best assets available in the area. He noted that it provides a better future for Madison County [photo: Bobbette Snyder, executive director of the Leadership Academy of Madison County, introduces Governor Daniels].

“It is truly encouraging that people see the need for this program and through hard work continue to become the next leaders,” Daniels said.

Lindsey Beisser is a part of the Leadership Academy of Madison County youth program and believes the program has been crucial to her development now, and will pay off down the road with her continued growth.

“One of the main lessons I have learned is to work well with others that don’t have the same characteristics as me,” Beisser said. “The program has really helped in every day life for today, along with preparing me for situations that will come up later in life.”

The Leadership Academy was founded in 1981 by Anderson University and the Anderson-Madison County Chamber of Commerce to coordinate both educational and business resources within the local community into an integrated seminar and field study curriculum, and process [photo: Dr. Carl Caldwell, vice-president for Academic Affairs at Anderson University and Dr. Terry Truitt, dean of the Falls School of Business at Anderson University explains the Flagship Education Center to Gov. Daniels].

The program’s emphasis is to develop a legacy of leadership and business growth, and according to one of the founding members, Ray McCaslin, the program has evolved to make an even greater impact than when the original group was conceived.

McCaslin discussed how he is an advocate of recent changes made that include reaching out to the lower grades and educating younger students.

“I believe without a doubt being involved with the Leadership Academy of Madison County is one of the most wonderful and rewarding things I have done in my life,” McCaslin said.

Even with having a disciplined military background, Wayne Huffman, a human resources specialist for the city of Anderson and a small business owner, shared the program has helped him in many ways.

“One of the biggest things I learned was how people interact with each other,” Huffman said. “Especially focussing on people with different traits and getting them to work together to accomplish a goal.”

---MARK OLEJNICZAK is a reporter with The Herald Bulletin in Anderson. Story and photos reprinted with permission.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.