Center for Personal and Innovative Leadership Development

Vision Statement

Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the university in linking resources in creative ways to significantly impact the major human, social and intellectual capital needs of organizations. The Center equips current and future leaders with the tools and strategies to be transformative in their pursuit of excellence.

Mission Statement

To serve as a catalyst for sustained cultural transformation aimed at enhanced performance through the development of self and collective efficacy within an organization.

Overarching Goals

  • Be a magnet for organizations in need of transforming their culture
  • Serve as a catalyst in the development of individual and collective efficacy in organizations.
  • Equip leaders with best practices with respect to creating a high performance organization.
  • Develop and cultivate organizational change agents.
  • Promote creativity/innovation in meeting today’s organizational and operational challenges.


  • Regional conferences
  • Leadership development activities (face-to-face, internet facilitated, etc)
  • Evaluation research documenting transformational leadership strategies and results
  • Public awareness campaigns for promoting what works to build leaders and transform communities
  • Consultation

Connect With Center for Innovative Leadership Development

P.O. Box 7226
Boiling Springs, N.C. 28017
Phone: (704) 406-2365
Fax: (704) 406-3921
[email protected]

Organizational Structure

Dr. Prince Bull
Dean of the College of Education

Dr. Stephen Laws

Dr. Jennifer Putnam

Dr. Jeff Hamilton

Dr. Jennifer Putnam

Dr. Dale Lamb



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Taming Reform: “Reinventing Government” Yields to “Business as Usual” for Young Children

Edited By: Jean A. Patterson and Amee Adkins

*Chapter: Taming the Children: The social construction of school readiness

By: Beth Hatt and Sydney Brown

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Instructional modules for professional learning responding to opportunities and valuing educators (IMPROVE)

Executive Editor: Sydney Brown
Managing Editor: Jennifer Putnam
Editorial Board: Morgan Blanton, Kelly Clark, Kim Palermo, Jason Parker

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Coffee talk: Negotiating/disrupting the hidden curriculum of graduate school

Authors: Beth Hatt, Lan Quach Kolano, Sydney Brown, Amy Anderson

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Conjuring curriculum, conjuring control: A reading of resistance in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Authors: Robert Helfenbein, Sydney Brown

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Music matters: Asking questions, fostering agency, and building community in arts-based educational programming

Authors: Glenn Hinson, Dwight Rogers, Sydney Brown

Using a classroom webpage to communicate with parents

Author: Sydney Brown

Teach what you love: Teaching English Language Learners

Author: Sydney Brown

Arranging for independence: A kindergarten classroom encourages children to learn on their own

Author: Sydney Brown

Working with available space: A high school biology classroom

Author: Sydney Brown

Beginning Teachers’ Experiences Working with a District-Employed Mentor in a North Carolina School District

Author: Jennifer Putnam