Delta Leadership Institute

The Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) consists of an Executive Academy, which provides a yearlong leadership development program for individuals from across the eight state region desiring to prepare themselves to collaborate regionally and lead change, and the Delta Leadership Network, a growing coalition of Executive Academy alumni. The McLean Institute will host sessions throughout the Delta region, beginning with a session in Oxford this November. The Executive Academy works to empower local leaders to confront the challenges they identify in their home communities.

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The Delta Regional Authority serves economically distressed counties and parishes in the eight-state Mississippi River Delta Region and the historic Alabama Black Belt.

The Delta Leadership Institute places a strong emphasis on helping leaders understand the policy issues important to the region and encouraging them to be advocates for their home communities. The University of Mississippi is joining with Arkansas State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe to execute the Delta Leadership Institute. These three schools will work together in an innovative collaboration designed to leverage the unique expertise of each of these institutions. Dr. Nylander will serve as the DLI co-coordinator along with Alan McVey of ASU and Dr. John Sutherlin of UL-M.

Sessions of the Delta Leadership Institute’s Executive Academy will be held in:

  • Oxford, MS (November 2013)
  • New Orleans, LA (January 2014)
  • Memphis, TN (March 2014)
  • Cape Girardeau, MO (April 2014)
  • Washington, D.C. (June 2014)
  • Paducah, KY (July 2014)
  • Little Rock, AR (September 2014)

For more information, contact McLean Institute staff or the Delta Regional Authority.