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BSC's Janelle Masters receives international leadership award

Posted on 3/25/2014

Janelle Masters
Dr. Janelle Masters
Janelle Masters receives the 2014 international exemplary leadership award from The Chair Academy during its 23rd international conference in St. Louis, Mo., March 25-28.

Masters is dean of academic affairs at Bismarck State College. She is former associate professor of English and chair of the Arts and Communications Department. During her 30 years at BSC, Masters also served as dean of faculty and assistant dean of instruction.

The Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leader award recognizes a person's ability to advance academic and administrative leadership at his or her workplace. Masters initiated BSC Campus Read, Campus Development Day, faculty mentoring, faculty development workshops, new and linked courses, service learning, and a four-year plan for general education assessment. She is also a co-founder of BSC ArtsQuest, a month-long celebration of the arts.

Outside BSC, Masters judged the state Poetry Outloud competition for many years and served as an appointed board member of the North Dakota Humanities Council.

The Chair Academy offers leadership development for college and university leaders worldwide. The academy provides a systems approach to transformational leadership built on research, theory, competencies and best practices. The conference provides an interactive forum and networking for educational leaders at all levels, skill-building workshops, keynote presentations, and leader recognition. The Academy's refereed journal is a source of inspiration and best practices in leadership.

Masters holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Dakota and Master of Arts in English from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. A native of Niobe, N.D., she graduated from Minot State University and served with the Peace Corps in Thailand. She was a director and instructor of adult education at two community colleges before her employment at BSC.

Dan Leingang, chair of the BSC Geomatics, Engineering and Mathematics Department, nominated her for the award.

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