Academic institutions are complex organizations. Employees at all levels and in all departments must contribute to coordinated, effective action in the service of the mission of the institution. Effective leadership, at all levels of the organization, is necessary to facilitate the coordination of the functions of the institution.

In the 1819 Dartmouth College v. Woodward case, Chief Justice John Marshall described the university as an "artificial immortal being," which lives beyond the lifespan of individual persons.

The university is an entity not limited to the lifespan of a particular board, or administrative team, or group of faculty, students, and alumni. As such, it is necessary for the institution to strategically develop new leaders as the institution evolves and experienced leaders transition to other positions or into retirement.

The broad aims of the John Marshall Leadership Fellows Program (JMLFP) at Marshall University are to:

  • Identify faculty, staff and administrators who have leadership potential;
  • Provide information, training and development activities related to institutional processes, policies and decision-making pathways;
  • Build participants’ competence through leadership theory and research; and
  • Apply leadership principles to a timely problem-solving project, addressing an issue of significance to the university.

For additional information about the program, please visit our “About” page.


Full-time tenured or probationary faculty and full-time classified or non-classified staff with leadership aspirations and a commitment to Marshall University are eligible to participate. For program details, click here.

Application Process

The deadline for applications for the spring 2019 cohort was September 20, 2019. The application process is now closed.

The next application cycle will open in August 2020. Please check back for details at that time.

Program Timeline

(3:00p – 4:00p)
Informational meeting for prospective applicants; release of application form Shawkey Dining Room, MSC
09 /20/2019 Applications due
09/30/ 2019 Announcement of cohort members
10/30/2019 Cohort members submit names of mentors
(5:30p – 6:30p)
Kick-off Reception for cohort and mentors Atrium, Drinko Library
(2:00p – 3:00p)
Orientation for cohort members John Spotts Dining Room, MSC
12/11/ 2019
(3:00p – 4:00p)
Orientation for cohort mentors John Spotts Dining Room, MSC
Spring 2020 Cohort meetings are every Tuesday from 1:00p – 4:00p Shawkey Dining Room, MSC