“It is important to work together to solve global issues and current events show how important global leadership is – perfect timing!”
The global leadership field is seeing a high need, now more than ever, according to Pantazi. “There is a growing demand for a leadership Ph.D. because of the business challenges of today and to help face the complexity of problems in today’s global economy.” The pandemic has helped to emphasize this need, she said. “It is important to work together to solve global issues and current events show how important global leadership is — perfect timing!” There will also be opportunities to study abroad, which will allow students to gain practical, experiential learning while immersed in international cultures. To further strengthen the program, Pantazi will focus a portion of the recruiting on attracting international students through partnerships with Al Akhawayn University (AUI) in Morocco and others. The first fully international cohort is projected to begin in 2023.
“We’ve been very intentional about how to grow the institution, and adding doctoral programs is the next logical step for us. Lilly Endowment Inc.’s grant of $1 million will help bring to fruition a plan to expand enrollment through adding mission-fit programs, which we will deliver with distinction.” — President Dottie L. King, Ph.D.
Pantazi anticipates the approval process through the Higher Learning Commission will allow official recruitment of students by mid-May 2021.
The program will take 42 months to complete in an immersive hybrid format. Much of the program will be taught online, while in-person residency meetings could occur yearly along with creative virtual residencies throughout.
Pending approval, the initial cohort will start in August 2021.