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Linda Behrendt named director of Leadership ISU

August 13, 2012

A 2010 alumna of Leadership ISU will serve as director of the leadership development program for university faculty and staff.

Linda Behrendt, associate professor in the department of applied health sciences, has been a faculty member at Indiana State since 2003. She is a member of the faculty/staff council of the university's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance chapter, which prepares students for careers in the nonprofit sector, and served as coordinator of the human development and family studies program in the former department of family and consumer sciences.

 "Dr. Behrendt is an outstanding servant leader and is well suited to help Leadership ISU participants prepare for the challenges they will face as they advance in their careers," Jack Maynard, ISU provost and vice president for academic affairs, said in announcement the appointment.

"Participation in the first Leadership ISU class was an incredible experience. I learned a great deal about the university and gained insight into ways that I could be more effective as a colleague and leader in the various roles I'm involved in across campus," Behrendt said. "It will be a privilege to work with the advisory board of LISU over the coming year to continue offering a program that will extend the opportunities for personal and professional growth and development to fellow staff and faculty. For the past three years President Bradley's Leadership ISU initiative has strengthened the leadership skills and capacities of each class member, which is ultimately a benefit for the entire campus community."

Behrendt holds a bachelor's degree in education from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., a master's in counseling from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in family and child ecology from Michigan State. She has also completed graduate coursework at the California School of Professional Psychology and the University of Nebraska.

Leadership ISU kicks off its 2012-13 program schedule with a retreat Sept. 27-28. Participants will be required to attend the fall retreat, six monthly programs and a spring retreat April 18-19. They will also participate in a six-month leadership development mentorship or professional coaching experience.

Aug. 31 is the deadline to apply. An application packet is available on the program's website at