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Poole College’s Executive Programs, Shelton Leadership Center Deliver Program for JSOC Staff

Twenty-four civilian staff members of the Joint Special Operations Command completed a three-day Emerging Leaders Program presented in spring 2012 by the NC State University Poole College of Management’s Executive Programs, in partnership with the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at NC State.

Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Dan McGurrin, director, NC State Executive Education; Sidd Chopra, Frank Morgan, global director, Dow Chemical; Mike Davis, director, Shelton leadership Center
Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Dan McGurrin, director, NC State Executive Education; Sidd Chopra, Frank Morgan and Mike Davis

Participants were presented with certificates of completion by Colonel Michael Copenhaver (JSOC director of J-1), General H. Hugh Shelton (Ret.; 14th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Dr. Ira R. Weiss, Poole College dean.

In his remarks to the program’s graduates, Shelton noted common traits of good leaders in both the military and in industry, citing the importance of integrity and honesty, trustworthiness, and communication skills. He also stressed the importance as leaders of treating people with respect, providing opportunities to exercise authority, and learning to develop a collaborative leadership style.

The program, held at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center on NC State’s Centennial Campus and the NC State McKimmon Center, provided participants key strategies in leadership, management and workforce development. The program was designed specifically for federal employees at the GS-09 to GS-11 level of service, including individuals working in finance, human resources and other functional areas.

“When we first arrived, we arrived as a bunch of individuals and we are leaving as a team,” said participant Catherine ‘Cat’ Marsh. “We got to learn about diversity within our organization and received materials to take back to our organizations.”

Bringing individuals with diverse responsibilities together is key in helping to create a collaborative working environment that supports innovation, growth and improvement, Weiss said.

The NC State Poole College”s Executive Programs and Shelton Leadership Center team was selected in a highly competitive bid process, citing the strong history at NC State in support of the military and the leading faculty and capabilities at Poole College for this developmental experience, said Mike McCaskill, chief of civilian training, education, and leader development for JSOC.

About Executive Programs at the NC State Poole College of Management:

The NC State University Poole College of Management’s Business Collaboratories are delivered through Executive Programs, LLC, the college’s executive education unit. Programs are offered with both custom and open enrollment options and are especially relevant for technology-intensive, innovation-driven companies. The college’s Business Collaboratories approach to executive education draws upon the expertise and resources of Poole College of Management faculty, programs and initiatives, including the Center for Innovation Management Studies, the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, Enterprise Risk Management, Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, the BioSciences Management Initiative and the Master in Global Innovation program. Visit for more information.

About the Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center

The Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center was founded in 2002 following the retirement of Gen. Shelton as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Shelton founded the center as a means of ‘giving back’ to his alma mater and to assist in the development of the next generation of values-based leaders. Center outreach programs focus on leadership development within corporate, governmental, educational, non-profit and youth development organizations. The center’s Mission Statement is to inspire, educate, and develop values-based leaders committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service. The center plans, implements and evaluates annual General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Training Forums committed to providing excellence in inspirational leadership and professional development. These signature events focus on the importance of values-based leadership development for corporations, community agencies and public officials. Students are integrated into the audience, providing unparalleled opportunities for leadership training and career exploration. Some strategic themes have been: Practical Applications for Exemplary Leadership; Leadership that Leaves a Legacy; Shaping the Game: The Power of TEAM Leadership; Leadership Without Borders; Preparing Leaders for the State, Nation, and World; Leadership, Ethics, and Accountability.


Left to right: Brad Kirkman, professor and head, Poole College’s Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Dan McGurrin, director, Poole College Executive Programs; Gen. Hugh Shelton, Shelton Leadership Forum; Sidd Chopra; Frank Morgan; Mike Davis, Shelton Leadership Forum.

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Dan McGurrin, director, Executive Programs