Published on 03/15/19

CAES faculty graduate from LEAD21 land-grant leadership program

By Sharon Dowdy

Three University of Georgia professors were among the 79 individuals who completed the 14th class of the LEAD21 leadership-development program.

Scott Jackson, Dean Pringle and Manpreet Singh, all faculty in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), represented UGA in the program, which is designed for land-grant institutions and their strategic partners from across the nation.

Jackson is a professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, Pringle is a professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, and Singh is a professor in the Department of Poultry Science.

Over the past year, LEAD21 participants met regularly with their peers, both in-person and virtually, to enhance their personal leadership skills. The group graduated after the third in-person session, which focused on organizational leadership through collaboration, communication and leading change.

LEAD21’s purpose is to develop land-grant institution leaders who link research, academics and extension to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current positions or future leadership positions.

The goals of LEAD21 are to enhance the application of skills and knowledge across a set of nine leadership competencies; to develop a network of peer leaders to enhance personal leadership practice, collaboration and diversity of perspective; and to develop and implement an individual’s leadership development process.

UGA manages the program and serves as the host institution for LEAD21.

The 15th LEAD21 class will begin in June 2019 and will include UGA representatives Faith Peppers, director of public affairs for CAES; Trish Moore, entomology professor in CAES; and Paula Krimer, an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  

“We are pleased to welcome the participation of CAES and CVM faculty to LEAD21,” said Joe Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs and coordinator of LEAD21 faculty activities at UGA. “We believe that faculty who participate in LEAD21 add value to their professional careers, their colleges and the university.”

For more information about LEAD21, visit

Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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