Notre Dame, ranked #15 in the nation by . News & World Report , is the eleventh-wealthiest university in the world. Its current endowment is worth a reported $ billion. The Catholic university was founded in 1842 on land donated by its first benefactor, the former Bishop of Vincennes Célestine Guynemer de la Hailandière. More recently, its Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies was founded in 1986 with a large donation by the McDonald’s tycoon. Another large donation in 2000, this time by NetApp executives Tom and Kathy Mendoza, was contributed to the well-regarded Mendoza College of Business. In 2014, Notre Dame received its largest single donation ever of $75 million from John Jordan.
The CGI is a multidisciplinary post-graduate academic institute established in 2005, under the initiative of Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol. The aim of the CGI is to employ the most recent interactive teaching techniques used in world leading educational and research institutions to produce effective thinkers and leaders in their field of expertise to better serve their countries’ needs towards sustainable development. The CGI is presently offering programmes leading to Master’s degree in Applied Biological Sciences: Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology, and Chemical Biology.
To prepare for future leadership, there are new skills we can all learn to improve the quality of our leadership. Whether they are the ones that Branin believed were most critical, those identified as the relevant skills for leading in 2020, or the ones you believe are those most likely to contribute to your leadership success, it’s important to make a commitment to acquiring those skills and helping others to do so. The good news is that our profession offers multiple pathways to obtaining them, and a growing number of options allow for self-education. Librarians can participate in leadership development programs, usually offered by professional associations. They can sign up for webinars to build targeted skills, such as decision making . They can develop a relationship with a mentor, or connect with a leadership network. Leadership books and articles are in great supply and can supplement individual efforts to boost skills. However, none of them will help unless we think back to those concerns Joe Branin had about the future of library leadership. If we fail to learn more about leadership through research studies, if we neglect our responsibility to turn our leadership weaknesses into strengths, or if we lack support for leadership development within our profession, our next generation will be poorly positioned to lead in 2020 and beyond.