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Los Angeles County applauds USC Price leadership program

June 13, 2014

From left: Tommy Royston; Paul Danczyk; Dean Jack Knott; Lisa Garrett, director of personnel for LA County; Epifanio Peinado; Darolyn Jensen; and Don Dingess (Photo by Tom Queally)

Board of Supervisors proclamation recognizes Price School in Sacramento’s efforts to provide leadership training to county executives

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors presented the USC Price School of Public Policy with a proclamation on May 20 in recognition of its partnership to develop and deliver the Executive Leadership Development Program (EDLP).

Offered through the USC Price School’s Leadership Programs Office, based in Sacramento, the 15-week program is designed to apply best practices in leadership and management within the public sector. The goal is to foster transformational leadership, while also increasing organizational flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness.

Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Michael Antonovich presented honorary scrolls to the USC Price School and to the county departments responsible for securing funding for this innovative program.

Dean Jack Knott received the scroll on behalf of USC Price School in Sacramento. L.A. County Chief Deputy CEO Brence Culp, Director of Personnel Lisa Garrett and Edward McIntyre, chairman of the quality and productivity commission, were on hand to receive scrolls on behalf of the county.

At the ceremony, Knott commented on how honored USC Price was to have been selected by the county to develop and implement the program.

“Our mission is to improve local, state and national levels of government, and we are privileged to partner with L.A. County to provide this leadership development training,” he said.

The EDLP is a multi-year initiative, which kicked off this past January with 40 senior and mid-career county executives spread across two cohorts. In-person and online classes teach core leadership approaches, which are further developed through group projects and individual coaching sessions with distinguished faculty. By the end of the year, 100 county personnel are expected to have completed the program.

“The Los Angeles County’s ELDP is a great example of how the Price School’s programs in leadership education benefit local and state governments as well as nonprofit organizations in California and beyond,” said Professor Robert Denhardt, director of USC Price leadership programs, including the EDLP.

“Based in the most current thinking about leadership and leadership education, we hope to make an important difference in enhancing leadership so as to better meet the challenges of tomorrow,” he added.