UOG professors selected for national leadership program

UOG professors selected for national leadership program

UOG professors selected for national leadership program


Dr. Mary Therese Cruz
Associate Professor Mary Therese Cruz

Two University of Guam faculty members have been selected for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Emerging Leaders Program — a nine-month leadership program designed to prepare the next generation of higher education administrators to be effective leaders.

Mary Therese Cruz, associate professor of political science, Micronesian studies, and CHamoru studies, from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and John Rivera, associate professor of public administration, from the School of Business and Public Administration, are among the 35 higher education professionals selected nationwide for the program’s 2021 cohort.

“I am always interested in opportunities to continue to grow personally and professionally,” Rivera said. “Being selected is an honor and constant reminder that we are called to excellence. Para Hulo' [ever upward] means that we have a responsibility to our university and community,” Rivera said.

Dr. John Rivera
Associate Professor John Rivera

Although the program is held virtually this year due to the ongoing pandemic, the cohort will have the opportunity to participate in monthly webinars as well as group sessions for reflection, networking, and case studies. Participants are encouraged to assess their individual leadership style and strengths and apply the skills they learn to a project or initiative designed to positively impact the university and the community.

“The Emerging Leaders Program has a great lineup of presenters who are going to speak to us about different facets of leadership and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. The program also gives me an opportunity to work on a campus-wide project with my mentor, Dr. Anita Enriquez [UOG senior vice president and provost],” Cruz said. 

Cruz and Rivera will be completing the program in December.