One of Fielding Graduate University’s first students to graduate in 1975 and former Fielding board member, Larraine Matusak, PhD, is one of this year’s ILA's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.
In 1974, Dr. Matusak’s dissertation, Evaluation of the Alternative Degree Programs of the General College of the University of Minnesota, was written under the direction of doctoral mentor, Charles W. Brydon, along with oral committee chair, Fielding founder Frederic M. Hudson.
Dr. Matusak has had a profound impact on people's lives around the world serving as a speaker, author, university president, and international leadership expert. She founded the College of Alternative Programs at the University of Evansville and, as one of the original board members of the Council for Adult Experiential Learning, promoted innovative concepts and trained thousands. Perhaps her biggest achievements were in the work she did at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she led international grant-making efforts and helped fund a generation of leadership programs worldwide. As Matusak is fond of saying, "Create the future! Leadership is everyone's responsibility." Her book, Finding Your Voice: Learning to Lead… Anywhere You Want to Make a Difference does just that, focusing on growing leadership in every individual. Her belief in individual acts of leadership led to the establishment of the Matusak Courageous Leadership Award, given by the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. The award recognizes individuals who have courageously and authentically spoke up when silence meant colluding with the problem. Roger Sublett, a former colleague at Kellogg and ILA board member, sums up her contributions well, "Wherever Dr. Matusak has served as a leader in higher education or philanthropy she has transformed organizations and people."
The International Leadership Association (ILA) is the global network for all those who practice, study, and teach leadership. As part of the 10th Anniversary celebration in 2008, ILA began work on a new project that carries into both the future of the ILA and the future of leadership studies: The Leadership Legacy Project. The ILA inducts individuals from the field of leadership studies into the Legacy Project by presenting them with ILA's Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual global conference held in Barcelona, Spain in October 2016. Honorees are selected based on their significant and diverse contributions to the field of leadership.
Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers, PhD, reflected, “Dr. Matusak exemplifies the vision of Fielding’s founder, Dr. Frederic Hudson, who argued that all of us could and would be called to leadership at some point in our lives. In this work, we as human beings need to be ready to engage in the world with forethought, wisdom, and scholarly knowledge. It is a pleasure to see her lifetime work honored in this way.”
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