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Three KGI Faculty Named to Claremont Faculty Leadership Program

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) faculty Dr. Barbara Fortini, Dr. Angelika Niemz, and Sonia Otte have been named Faculty Fellows to the 2022-2023 Claremont Faculty Leadership Program (CFLP).

The objective of the CFLP is to cultivate talented and diverse faculty leaders within The Claremont Colleges who are prepared for the challenges of effective leadership and for shaping positive institutional change.

During the year-long program, Faculty Fellows develop critical skills for successful, sustainable, and inclusive leadership as they come together in a multi-event program over the academic year to create social networks and gain a deeper understanding of institutional consortial challenges and opportunities.

“We are so excited for our latest batch of faculty fellows!” said Dr. Jane Rosenthal, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences.

“This is an exciting opportunity to develop and sharpen the leadership skills for faculty at KGI and open new opportunities for professional growth.”

Rosenthal has served as the KGI representative of the working group since the program launched in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Each cycle of the CFLP includes three Faculty Fellows from each of the seven Claremont Colleges (KGI, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College) for a total of 21 Fellows.

The program is run every two years by a working group of associate deans and provosts from The Claremont Colleges. It is overseen by a faculty director typically hired every two years by the Claremont Colleges Academic Deans Committee.

“CFLP is a program that allows mission committed individuals to become leaders that can convert vision into transformational change,” said CFLP Faculty Director Menna Bizuneh Fikru, Associate Professor of Economics at Pitzer College. “Its success is measured through its inspirational alumni leaders who have made a meaningful impact at various leadership roles within and without The Claremont Colleges.”

Previous KGI alums of CFLP include Dr. Anna Hickerson, Dr. Jeany Jun, Dr. Srikanth Kolluru, Dr. Christy Billock, and Dr. Anastasia Levitin.