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Sen. Malloy to recruit local leaders for FMU’s Rural Leadership Institute

            FLORENCE – S.C. Sen. Gerald Malloy has agreed to assist Francis Marion University in recruiting participants from Darlington County for the Rural Leadership Institute at FMU, entering its second year in the fall of 2012.

            The Institute is the offspring of the Rural Area Leadership Initiative, both of which have already engaged civic leaders, governmental officials, non-profit executives and business people from eight South Carolina counties: Chesterfield, Clarendon, Dillon, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg. 

            “We are eager to have Darlington County involved in this important initiative in leadership development and building community capacity in rural counties,” said Malloy. “I want Darlington County to enjoy the same advantages as our neighbors.”

            The RLI at FMU includes 40 hours of leadership training delivered in one and two-day sessions from September to May on the FMU campus. The curriculum includes two phases with six sessions each; Phase One concentrates on individual skill development and Phase Two concentrates on leadership and program development for community based organizations.

             The curriculum of RLI emphasizes organizational management, budgeting and finance, problem solving, intergovernmental relations and other topics specifically tailored to the needs of rural communities. A distinguished faculty includes a diverse representation of scholars and renowned practitioners from higher education institutions, the private sector and non-profit organizations from throughout the nation.

            A capstone project is developed by each of the county groups for development after the completion of the formal training by FMU. 

            For enrollment information, please contact Denise Chavis at Sen. Malloy’s office by calling (843) 339-3000 or Elizabeth Jones at FMU by calling (843)661-1199.


Last Published: July 19, 2012 3:18 PM
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