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Blinn seeks applicants for inaugural FutureWorks Academy

Program aims to strengthen culture of trust, creativity and strategic thinking

Blinn College is inviting full-time administrators, faculty and staff from all its campuses to participate in its inaugural FutureWorks Academy, a program designed to develop a shared vision for Blinn’s future and a culture of trust, creativity and strategic thinking.

A competitive selection process will identify the first cohort of 20 diverse individuals from the College’s four campuses. The program will seek potential leaders at all levels of the organization and is designed to:

  • strengthen trust among and between faculty, staff and administrators.
  • create a culture of creative and strategic thinking.
  • develop a shared vision of Blinn’s future.
  • assure that all constituencies maintain focus on Blinn’s mission and purpose.
  • provide opportunities for personal development.

“Fuchan Yuan said that there are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage,” said Sylvia McMullen, president of Brazos County campuses. “Leadership development is not leadership training. We lead from wherever we are in the organization. Leadership development calls upon us to collaborate, to be contextual, to change the status quo and be actionable.

“I’ve heard many people say that Blinn has so much potential. Let’s turn that potential into action.”
Through an initiation retreat and monthly facilitated sessions, participants will gain the self- and institutional knowledge to create and implement capstone projects that align with Blinn’s mission as a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement.

The initial retreat is scheduled for Feb. 5-6 at Camp Allen and will include communication, trust-building and self-reflective exercises. Beginning in March, monthly sessions will take place at each of the Blinn campuses, with the goals of building trust; increasing unity across campuses, departments and divisions; and increasing both personal and institutional knowledge. Graduation will take place in November 2015.