College to offer second doctoral program

Thursday May 27 2010


Lynchburg College plans to offer an Interdisciplinary EdD in leadership studies beginning in the fall of 2011. This will be the College's second doctoral level program, following the doctor of physical therapy, which begins this fall.

An information session will be held June 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Lynchburg College Alumni House Lounge. Program Director Dr. Roger Jones will be on hand to answer questions and explain requirements. Financial aid information will also be available.

The new program is designed to develop visionary leaders who can work across boundaries and disciplines to positively impact their communities by preparing students to provide effective leadership in schools, colleges, non-profit organizations, and community agencies.

The course of study will offer students an interdisciplinary educational experience that will equip them to examine community issues from an interdisciplinary, systemic perspective; to develop creative, innovative responses to local, state, national, and international issues; and to implement and evaluate leadership practices based on theories, models, and approaches to organizational effectiveness.

Coursework will include emphases on legal and ethical issues, economic trends and considerations, public policy, governmental affairs, human resources, sustainability considerations, community health, organizational change strategies, diversity and disability policy issues, and community dynamics.

The three-year cohort program will require a minimum of 66 credit hours including 14 doctoral seminars and a dissertation. The first cohort of students will be limited to 25. All program candidates must have completed a master's degree.

Courses will be offered in the evening during the fall and spring semesters with summer classes beginning in 2012.

Recently approved by the Board of Trustees, this doctorate program will be implemented contingent on approval from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Register online for information sessions at or call 434-544-8383 or e-mail for additional information.