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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Billie Hunt to attend Harvard management program

Billie Hunt, director of academic resources at UNC Pembroke, has been selected to participate in the Management Development Program (MDP) in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. 

Billie HuntHunt will spend two-weeks at Harvard this summer. The professional development program is for outstanding mid-level, higher education administrators who would expand their skills, abilities, and higher education administration knowledge base.

At UNCP, Hunt became the first Director of Academic Resources in 2006 after completing requirements for the Master of Public Administration degree program at the University. In the Division of Academic Affairs, she provides planning and budgeting support for the Provost and his staff, and to the deans and chairs of academic units.

“This is a very prestigious program, and the selection process is incredibly competitive,” Dr. Harrington said. “The program’s mission is to develop leadership in higher education, and I’m pleased that Ms. Hunt has been selected to participate in this program. It will be a great opportunity for her and add to the inventory of management skills at UNCP.”

Hunt will join a small group of other college and university administrators who were selected from across the nation. She said she is honored by the selection.

“It is an honor to be admitted into this prestigious program at Harvard,” Hunt said. “I expect to gain a wide range of experience studying and working with the program faculty at Harvard and my peers from universities all over the country.”

MDP is designed to provide new perspectives and practical insights for university administrators who manage from the middle of their respective institutions. Leadership on a fast-changing playing field is one focus of the program, and another is budgeting and financial analysis.

“Besides personal growth and enrichment, I hope to bring back the kind of practical and forward-thinking ideas that will benefit our University,” Hunt said.

A 1990 UNCP graduate, Hunt worked in banking before joining the University in 1999.

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