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MacMurray president to teach leadership

June 22, 2010

MacMurray College President Colleen Hester will be teaching a class this summer on leadership as part of the College’s Adult Degree Completion program. The course, “Principles of Leadership,” examines the foundational theories, development, and applications of effective leadership principles and skills.

Before coming to MacMurray in 2007, Dr. Hester was vice president of strategic planning, institutional research and evaluation at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She has extensive experience in academic affairs, student affairs, and institutional advancement. She was director of the counseling, testing and career services at the University, served as chair of the psychology department and attained tenure and the rank of full professor. Hester received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Adult Degree Completion program is also offering a course on “Ethics in the Western Tradition,” taught by Eric Berg, assistant professor of philosophy. Dr. Berg is a recipient of the Dewey Wilkins Award for Teaching Excellence at MacMurray. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and was a Kierkegaard Research Fellow at the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

MacMurray’s Adult Degree Completion classes are for continuing education and personal enrichment in a mixed online and classroom format.

This program offers a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership, which gives working and returning students the flexibility to achieve their degree on weekends and online. With specific college courses completed, a student could achieve a bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership in approximately two years.

Part-time, non-degree students can enroll in any class at MacMurray when space is available.

The classes begin July 6 and end August 27. For more information, go to

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