Retha Lindsey Fielding, vice president for institutional advancement at Plymouth State University, has been selected to attend the Harvard Institute for Educational Management (IEM) in July. The two week intensive course, which focuses on leadership and institutional change in higher education, is a program of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass.
IEM is for senior-level administrators, and admission is competitive. Participants are selected on the scope of their experience and potential for growth. The course examines challenges facing higher education and the qualities necessary for effective leadership. Topics discussed seek to broaden participants’ understanding and insight of the following issues: leading in a changing context, balancing internal and external leadership roles, working effectively as a member of the senior management team, fostering and supporting organizational change, and articulating a powerful institutional vision and enlisting others in pursuit of that vision.
“The areas for which Retha is responsible are at an important juncture for the University and have the potential for making major contributions to institutional success,” says PSU President Donald Wharton. “IEM will assist Retha in her leadership focus and strategic vision to accomplish those goals.”
Previously, Fielding was the University’s director of public relations and advancement. She also served as director of college relations at Keene State College for six years and as director of communications for National Grange Mutual Insurance Corporation.
Fielding has served as president of the Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is accredited as a public relations practitioner by PRSA. She is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire’s 2002 class. Fielding holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Texas and an MBA from Plymouth State.