Published 03/26/12

Training program for state's leaders

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  (March 26, 2012) — Nearly 40 people representing school committees and municipal leadership from seven Rhode Island communities gathered at Bryant University March 23-24 for a special program on collaborative leadership.

"Given today's fiscal realities, it is more important than ever for community leaders to be able to work collaboratively to address challenging issues head-on," said Gary Sasse, director of the Bryant Institute for Public Leadership, which sponsored the event at the request of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees.

The program introduced the participants to skills and tools needed to collaborate in the best interest of public education in their cities and towns. Sessions were taught by Bryant University experts in the fields of management, economics and political science.

"All elected officials share responsibility for educating our children. The Bryant program this weekend taught all of us some valuable lesson on collaborative leadership," said Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee, one of the attendees.

"The skills developed by local leaders this past weekend at Bryant's Public Leadership Institute will prove invaluable in meeting the challenges facing our Rhode Island communities," said Tim Duffy, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees.

Participants represented the school committees and municipal leadership of Coventry, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket, Smithfield, Westerly and Woonsocket.