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Oct. 4: Doctoral program underway at Hood

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

FREDERICK, Md.—Seventeen students from backgrounds as diverse as public schools, the military, business and the pharmaceutical industry are enrolled in the first cohort of Hood College’s doctoral program in organizational leadership.

Students enrolled in the program are pursuing either a doctorate in organizational leadership or business administration. They meet each Saturday to pore over research and hear from community leaders about their real-world successes and failures.

Students in the program will evaluate their own leadership styles and explore what it means to be an effective leader.

“We are very excited and proud to offer the first doctoral program in Frederick County,” said Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D. “The program offers a rigorous curriculum taught by knowledgeable and supportive faculty who are leaders in diverse professions. Given the caliber of the students enrolled in the program, we are confident that the learning gained and impact on their careers and other life pursuits will be deep and lasting.”

The three-year program is unique in that students come from all different backgrounds and industries, says Kathleen Bands, Ph.D., director of the program. Schools that offer similar degrees gear their programs toward education or business, but Hood’s program takes a more integrated approach, allowing students from various backgrounds and occupations to learn from each other.

“Bringing together diverse perspectives helps leaders learn that today’s world needs leadership who can look at issues from multiple perspectives,” Bands said.

Hood draws on its faculty from different disciplines to teach courses in the program including personnel management, strategic communication, responsible stewardship and ethics.

For more information on this doctoral program, contact Kathleen Bands at 301-696-3818 or