The Environment & Natural Resources program director will be a member of the 19th class of faculty and administrators to gain additional leadership skills

Dr. Bill Hubbard, Program Director, Environment & Natural Resources, University of Maryland Extension

February 21, 2023

Bill Hubbard, Assistant Director for Environmental, Natural Resources and Sea Grant programs was selected as a participant in the 19th class of the LEAD21 program, a leadership program for land-grant institutions and their strategic partners at colleges and universities across the nation.

"I am excited to see Dr. Hubbard expand his leadership journey with LEAD 21,” said Jinhee Kim, associate dean of the University of Maryland Extension. “With extensive professional experience, Dr. Hubbard is leading a critical program area in Environmental and Natural Resources for the University of Maryland Extension."

LEAD21 is a long-standing leadership development program that has supported faculty and administrators across our land-grant system for nearly 20 years.” said Cynda Clary, LEAD21 Board of Directors Chair and Associate Dean for the Ferguson College of Agriculture at Oklahoma State University (OSU). “Our land-grant systems continue to evolve to better address society’s needs. With each challenge and opportunity, prepared leaders are needed to step up and move us forward. LEAD21 helps build this leadership capacity within and across institutions.”

“We are honored to support the aspirations of land-grant leaders from across the country,” said Rochelle Sapp, LEAD21 Program Director and Leadership Development Specialist in the Office of Learning and Organizational Development at the University of Georgia. “With each successive class, we have seen the benefits of providing these leaders with opportunities to focus on their personal leadership skills, goals, and style. As we’ve seen a tremendous shift in leadership over the past year, we have also been able to see the power of the LEAD21 alumni moving into these high-level leadership positions to create a lasting foundation of strong leaders for the land-grant system.”

LEAD21 provides an immersive professional development program for academic leaders from the land-grant system. Working in regular small groups meetings combined with three week-long immersive sessions, the participants will learn effective leadership skills for increasingly complex higher education environments as well as strategies for influencing institutional transformation in their current and future leadership positions.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to expand my leadership skills with this year’s Lead21 cohort," said Hubbard. "I believe that leadership can never be perfected but can be improved upon and this is a great avenue to do that.”

The LEAD21 program is targeted at faculty specialists, program and team leaders, research station and center directors, district and regional directors, department heads and chairs, and others in land-grant universities’ colleges of agricultural, environmental, and human sciences and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The 90 participating faculty and administrators selected for Class 19 of the LEAD21 program can be found on the program website:

Learn more about the LEAD21 program on the LEAD21 Website.