Montana State University
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Jill ThorngrenJill Thorngren, associate dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Development at Montana State University, has completed a Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. The institute is sponsored jointly by Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education Resource Services, an educational non-profit based at the University of Denver and is held on the Bryn Mawr College campus. The 70 selected participants were from 30 states, Guam and South Africa. Participants in the program gain knowledge, skills and perspectives for leading in the challenging environment of higher education. The curriculum includes analysis of political and economic trends affecting higher education, skills in managing change projects and conflict resolution, as well as strategic planning for academic excellence and effective resource management. During the institute, each participant was asked to design a localized leadership project that could be implemented at the home institute. Thorngren worked on a project targeted at increasing student retention and success at MSU.

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September 4, 2009