Leadership Franklin County is an organization housed at Arkansas Tech-Ozark that develops current and emerging leaders to work together to serve the good of Franklin County and the surrounding area. The ten-month leadership development program is an experiential curriculum, during which class participants:
Leadership Franklin is supported by a grant awarded to Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus allocated by the General Assembly through the effort of former State Rep. Leslee Milam Post. Laura Rudolph serves as the program director.
Leadership Franklin County provides four basic services to the community and its membership:
The program year runs August through May, beginning with an opening retreat. The program continues through nine sessions and ends with a final retreat. The retreat focuses on team building and continued development of leadership skills, including communication, problem solving and conflict resolution.
Monthly daylong sessions offer expert information and provide opportunities for discussion about community matters, including K-12 education, higher education, local government, state government, the judicial process, economic development, quality of life and tourism, and health and human services. The sessions are led by leaders in various fields, and the purpose of these sessions is to address major issues in stimulating ways and formats, which result in solutions and plans of action.
Anyone interested in the program is encouraged to apply. Participants must complete and submit an application to the office of Leadership Franklin County. Applicants will be chosen to represent a diversity of background and experience, ethnicity, income, place and type of employment, and location of residence and work. Nominations are also welcome and encouraged.
Leadership Franklin County will expose participants to things about the region they never knew and would likely never see otherwise. Please consider nominating worthy individuals for the next Leadership Franklin County class. Self-nominations also are encouraged. A nomination form is available by clicking here.
Tuition: Tuition for the program is $500. Tuition is payable by the participant, employer or sponsoring organization. The tuition covers meals and other program expenses and materials. Participants are asked to contribute at least $100 of the tuition cost to demonstrate a commitment to the program.
Commitment: Participants in the Leadership Franklin County program make a commitment of time, energy and money. Nominees must have the full written approval of the organization they represent. In addition, attendance at all sessions is required; members may miss no more than two session days to graduate from the program.
Employer Commitment: Employers will be required to sign the application stating that the applicant has the firms full support and approval for participation in the program and the time required to participate in the program.