University of Maryland Extension

LEAD Maryland Foundation

Susan R. Harrison, LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc., Executive Director
Associate Agent, University of Maryland Extension

"Developing leadership to serve Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Communities."

The University of Maryland Extension has formed a partnership with state agencies and private organizations to provide a leadership development program - called LEAD Maryland - to help meet the rural, agricultural, and natural resources leadership challenge.  The partnership has created the LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc., (LEAD), an IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and developing leadership for agriculture, rural communities and natural resources, and this foundation secures and utilizes grants and funds dedicated to this effort. LEAD Maryland involves diverse groups of 20-25 Fellows in a two-year program to increase participants' assurance, skills, and knowledge for mobilizing people to solve problems.  As of 2016, two-hundred and one (201) LEAD Fellows have completed the program.  A center piece of the fellowship curriculum is an 8-14 day international study tour.  Fellows also complete a class group project, a one-day symposium for a large audience.

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