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Guion to attend APLU national Food Systems Leadership Institute

Lisa Guion

Dr. Lisa Guion, assistant dean for Diversity, Outreach and Engagement in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at N.C. State University,was accepted into the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), a top-tier leadership development program for academia, industry and government. The FSLI experience prepares scholars for upper-level leadership roles in food system programs, as well as to assume broader leadership responsibilities within their organizations. 

The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food systems.

Guion is a professor in the CALS Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, where she served as Extension state leader of program development. She holds 1990 bachelor’s degrees in business management and speech communication, a 1993 master’s degree in public administration and a 1997 doctoral degree in adult and community college education, all from N.C. State.

During the two-year FSLI program, Guion and her fellow scholars work with expert instructors, leadership development coaches and an upper level mentor to help increase their leadership abilities. They meet with leaders of universities and university systems, political leaders and others who have advanced to the highest levels of leadership. Leadership theory is combined with practical experience, often in the context of food systems and higher education. 

FSLI is dedicated to advancing and strengthening food systems by preparing a set of new leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to invent and reinvent the food systems of the future. It is a program of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), with funding provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. N. C. State University is the host site with The Ohio State University and the University of Vermont being residential sites responsible for implementation of the program.

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