BETHANY PROFESSOR EARNS CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE FROM THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

 

BETHANY, W.Va.  – About 100 local government officials from across the state gathered in Charleston, West Virginia over the last weekend in August to attend the Fall 2006 session of the West Virginia University Local Government Leadership Academy, coordinated by the WVU Institute for Public Affairs. The two-day session included a series of three-hour workshops designed to develop and hone the leadership and governing skills of West Virginia’s city and county government officials.

During the session, Patrick J. Sutherland, associate professor and chair of the Communication Department at Bethany College and a member of the Bethany Town Council, was notified he’ll be awarded the “Certificate of Excellence” for completing the Local Government Leadership Academy’s six core workshops: “Public Management & Leadership Skills,” “Financial Management,” “Conflict Resolution,” “Economic Development,” “Professional Conduct: Ethics, Open-Meetings Law,” “Personnel Management,” and eight elective workshops. Sutherland has served on the Bethany Town Council since 2003.

The West Virginia University Local Government Leadership Academy began operations in 2001, and currently has nearly 325 local government officials enrolled in its certificate program.   The Institute for Public Affairs is a public service and research unit of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.