U of I's Faye Dong honored as Food Systems Institute Leadership fellow
April 23, 2010
URBANA — Faye Dong, professor and head of the University of Illinois Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, was honored recently as one of a cohort of 23 fellows of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) in a ceremony at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) in Washington, D.C.

The fellows were recognized for their accomplishments in completing the FLSI leadership development program and for contributions they have made to their individual organizations and the broader higher education and food systems.

The FSLI is a two-year program designed for experienced leaders in academia, government, and industry. Through a demanding curriculum that includes in-person learning, executive coaching, mentoring, and personal projects, the FSLI seeks to enhance personal leadership ability, develop skills and knowledge for organizational change, and broaden perspectives on integrated food systems.

Fellows report that the FSLI experience has had a significant impact on their leadership abilities. Leadership growth can be measured in many ways, and a third of the group has experienced promotions, selection to lead high-profile initiatives, and other recognitions. Other fellows are using their enhanced leadership and broader food systems perspectives to lead change from their current positions.

"The FSLI program is an outstanding opportunity to work with leadership coaches, learn more about leadership styles, interact with others in the cohort, and receive advice from top university administrators from across the country," Dong said.

"The overall theme of food systems and the challenges that we face in sustainability and management issues were timely topics for discussion. I highly recommend this program," she added.

The FSLI is a program of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. It was created with financial support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is operated in a partnership between North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Vermont. More information on the FSLI is available at www.fsli.org.

Past FSLI participants and fellows from the U of I College of ACES include K.C. Ting, Jozef L. Kokini, Laurie Kramer, and Neal Merchen.