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Nominations are Now Open for the
2019-2020 Leadership Pathways Program

Nominations are Now Open for the
2019-2020 Leadership Pathways Program

Leadership Pathways

The Division of Human Resources and the Office of the Provost have developed a university-wide leadership development program that was piloted this year with a small cohort of new department leaders and their administrative staff. Beginning in Fall 2019, a second beta version of Leadership Pathways will be offered to a broader group of participants across campus. The aim is to roll out the formal program launch in year three (2020/2021) when it will be open to the entire campus for both nomination and self-selection applications. For this upcoming year, we are requested that nominations for participants be made (see Nomination Process).

Nominations are now open for the 2019-2020 cohort.


The Leadership Pathways Program is a Boise State University-wide initiative designed to enhance the diversity of leadership on our campus, cultivate leaders with a deep commitment to our institution, and create a campus that thrives on inclusive excellence. By focusing on academic leadership and providing leadership development, skill training, coaching, and mentoring support, Leadership Pathways will empower participants to work together, achieve common goals and build a community with a high level of engagement.

The program is designed for full-time faculty and staff who have some knowledge and experience working toward the mission of Boise State and in their areas of expertise, and are prepared to build their capacity to be more effective leaders at the university, in their disciplines, departments, schools/colleges/units, and/or communities, in either formal and informal leadership roles.

This leadership program is unique because it is one of the few that is intentionally designed to bring members of the university community together into one cohort. We believe that developing a shared understanding among the various community and work cultures at Boise State will lead to more effective working relationships and collaborative and innovative strategies for achieving our shared mission, goals, and values.


Nominations for the 2019/2020 Leadership Pathways Program are now open and will close on  Friday, June 14, 2019. Participants must be nominated by a supervisor (we will not accept self-nominations this year).  The official nomination form should be submitted through OrgSync. The Leadership Pathways Planning Team from the Provost’s Office and Human Resources will review the applications and ensure that there is a cross-section of candidates from the entire university. Both leaders and participants will be notified of their acceptance by the end of July 2019.

This year nominations must come from an employee’s supervisor/dean/VP. Interested employees should consult with their supervisors about this opportunity.

Do you have additional questions? If so, consult the FAQs or contact Michelle Payne (, Shawn Miller (, Kip Spittle (, or Jerri Mizrahi (



Participants will develop their leadership capacity through 1) core sessions that focus on knowing self and leading others within the context of higher education, and 2) pathway sessions that focus on unit-specific knowledge and practical skills (e.g., for those who are in defined leadership positions or those whose units require specialized knowledge for leading and managing the business/team). As a whole, the goals of the Leadership Pathways program are to:

  • Enhance the leadership skills and institutional knowledge for current and emerging leaders
  • Facilitate meaningful connections and shared understanding among employees across all campus cultures and units
  • Improve communication, accountability and decision-making
  • Prepare leaders to address inclusion, diversity and equity challenges
  • Reflect institutional values and what it means to be a leader in higher education at Boise State
  • Develop an employee engagement culture


Participants will receive individual development planning, coaching and mentor support, as well as engaging and interactive bi-monthly sessions, focused on:

  • Strengths-Based Leadership
  • Leadership Styles
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Reading and Understanding Culture
  • Change Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Communication
  • Developing Trust
  • Effective Decision-Making


An individual development plan is a tool used to assist employees in their career and personal development. An IDP focuses on enhancing an employee’s knowledge, skills, and abilities by improving performance, sharpening professional and personal skills, and defining competencies.

Individual Development Planning is a joint partnership, led by the employee and supported by the supervisor. In a joint planning meeting, the employee and leader discuss development opportunities.

Leadership Pathways participants will have an opportunity to take self-assessments such as StrengthsFinder, Emotional Intelligence and self-reflection opportunities designed to assist the employee in identifying focus areas for ongoing development. The Leadership Pathways program will provide the participant with coaching support for this process as well as interval check-ins during the program year.

Coaching support will assist program participants in:

  • Identifying strengths, talents, and passions while creating realistic expectations on how to use them on a regular basis.
  • Assisting employees in short-term and long-term career aspirations, as well as improving current job performance.
  • Aligning employee development efforts with the mission, goals, and objectives of Boise State University.

The output from this discussion is an ongoing plan with goals and activities mapped toward employee interests and the needs of the organization that the participant can continue to build upon after program completion.

The Leadership Pathways Planning Team

Leah Goede
Angela Hurley
Shawn Miller
Jerri Mizrahi
Diana Nydeggar
Kaysi Parke
Michelle Payne
Kip Spittle
Mary Wong

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