Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence: Fostering Leadership Excellence with Dr. Sharon McDade


“Strike up conversations with everyone you possibly can while you’re at conferences, you never know what threads will come from them. Thank you, Doug, for talking with me on a bus ride, oh, so many years ago. And [to COCM] for being such engaged participants in addressing leadership issues for the fellows,” – Dr. Sharon McDade

Join us as we celebrate COCM’s 20th anniversary with the theme “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Building the Future.” On this episode of Student Housing Matters, Alton Irwin, Director, and Chief Marketing Officer at COCM, sits down with Dr. Sharon McDade to discuss her involvement with COCM and the Fellows Program of the American Council on Education (ACE).

Dr. Sharon A. McDade, a seasoned higher education leader, is the senior executive leadership and search consultant with Greenwood Asher & Associates’ leadership and strategic services, specializing in searches for educational leaders and organizational development. With an illustrious background, Dr. McDade’s impact extends globally, encompassing diverse leadership programs, keynotes, and scholarship, making her a prominent figure in advancing leadership in higher education.

The conversation explores Sharon’s experiences in leadership development and higher education and her interactions with COCM, particularly her engagement in the Fellows Program case study involving Pennyfield College.

Listen in as she shares stories of her collaborative relationship with COCM leaders Doug Brown and others, highlighting how their expertise and innovative ideas contributed to the Fellows Program of the American Council on Education (ACE) and the impact of her leadership development initiatives within the higher education community.

Topics Covered

Dr. McDade discusses the role of leadership development programs in promoting leadership positions, particularly for women and individuals of color

The impact of the ACE Fellows Program

The collaborative partnership between Dr. Sharon McDade and COCM (Capstone) in enhancing the Fellows Program’s case study including the Pennyfield College simulation

Dr. McDade’s transition to Greenwood Associates and her role in facilitating strategic planning processes for various higher education institutions

The far-reaching effects of leadership development initiatives in the higher education landscape

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