Blue & Gold Executive Leadership Program

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, January 10, 2014

The Blue and Gold Leadership program is designed to provide an environment where University academic and administrative leaders expand their skills and explore strategies for building a team of strong individuals who will support one another to move the University strategic plan forward. 

Graduates of the program have included deputy deans, associate deans, faculty program directors, department chairs as well as managers, directors, and assistant vice presidents.

Participants will gain practical insight, knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for leadership effectiveness through lively classroom discussions, case studies, readings and active assessments that address leadership characteristics. 

Course Overview

  • Participants will explore the differences and similarities between leading in an academic versus corporate environment.
  • Participants will explore the science, theories, research and current popular notions about why people behave the way they do in organizations and what we as colleagues, managers and leaders can do to help make people more productive and engaged.
  • The primary goal is to improve both our understanding and our practice of leadership and management.

Program Schedule for Spring 2014

Event Topics Date
Class 1 The 5 "Rules" of Effective Leadership
Leading in Academia versus Leading in the Corporate World
Thursday, February 20
Class 2 Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Thursday, February 27
Class 3 Building Self-Awareness – The Birkman Assessment & Debrief Thursday, March 6
Class 4 A Biological & Psychological Understanding of Work
Personnel Selection and Hiring – Best Practices
Thursday, March 13
Class 5 Leading Others: Motivation, Job Satisfaction & Empowerment  Thursday, March 20
Class 6 The Work of a Leader -Creating and Leading High Performing Teams Thursday, March 27
Class 7 Managing Performance
Managing Culture – Moving from Strategy to Execution
Thursday, April 10
Class 8 Competing Values and Academic Leadership Thursday, April 17
Class 9 Transformational Leadership and Organizational Change Thursday, April 24


A total of 16 nominees will be accepted into the program each fall and spring.  Each applicant will be a permanent employee who is currently working in a leadership role (directly responsible for at least one lower supervisor) or who manages a University-wide program or enterprise. The program targets high-performing, high-potential leaders in higher education; the program is not remedial and is not meant for new managers. Additional selection criteria are:

  1. At least three years total managerial experience, and at least one year managerial experience at the University of Delaware*.
  2. Nomination and support from the nominee's Dean or Vice President, or designee.
  3. Application form completed by nominee no later than January 10.
  4. Availability and commitment to attend all sessions.
*Pertains to administrative positions only


All applications will be reviewed by a committee and nominees will be notified the week of January 13, 2014. Click here to apply. Applications are due by 5:00pm Friday, January 10, 2014.

Required Attendance

Because of the high volume of applicants competing to participate in the program, the condensed nature of the program schedule, and the high program costs, we require that participants commit to attend all scheduled events.

Unless indicated otherwise, the classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants will have at least one break during the morning session  Participants are expected to plan accordingly so that they do not have to leave class in order to attend to work issues.


There is no fee to attend the program. By investing in the careers of its high-potential leaders, the University of Delaware seeks to help increase job effectiveness and advance the quality of work life for all.


Dr. Jack Baroudi, associate dean for graduate and executive programs and professor in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Dr. Baroudi joined the University in April 2002 from Deutsche Bank’s Global Equities Division in New York, where he was director and global head of learning and development initiatives. He teaches graduate level courses in organizational behavior and leadership in the Executive MBA and corporate on-site (AstraZeneca and ING Direct) MBA and certificate programs.

Dr. Baroudi spent a decade on Wall Street where he held numerous posts including global head of learning and development for Morgan Stanley and head of human resources for Morgan Stanley Japan. While at Morgan Stanley, he was a founding member of the Harvard Business School's e-learning corporate partnership and was influential in shaping many of their early e-learning initiatives. Prior to joining Wall Street, Dr. Baroudi spent 11 years at NewYork University's Stern School of Business, where he was an associate professor in the Information Systems Department and faculty director of the department’s undergraduate program. He is the author or co-author of approximately 25 publications.

Dr. Baroudi has been engaged as a management consultant and executive coach for over 20 years. In addition, he has also developed and facilitated many corporate management and leadership programs.

Dr. Baroudi earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University and his doctorate from NewYork University. He is certified in the Center for Creative Leadership's instruments, including Benchmarks and Executive Dimensions as well as Strategic Solutions International's  Birkman Assessment.


If you have any questions or comments regarding the Blue and Gold Executive Leadership program, contact Kathy Corbitt in Human Resources at 831-0680 or .