UVU Professor Receives International Recognition
March 31, 2010
For Immediate Release
For more information: Susan Madsen (801) 376-5908
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Chelsey Richardson (801) 863-8504
In total, only 35 leadership scholars in the world are inducted into the Leadership Trust Foundation Fellowship, and UVU’s award-winning associate professor of management Susan R. Madsen is among the chosen few. Earlier this March, Madsen traveled to Ross-on-Wye, England, for an inaugural dinner to welcome the newly instated fellows to the foundation.
“This is the kind of honor that comes only to people who are world-class scholars,” said Scott C. Hammond, chair of business management at UVU. “Susan Madsen is such a person. Her work in the area of leadership has developed to the point where she is actually influencing the way people think about leadership. It’s hard to find scholars anywhere who haven’t heard of her work.”
The Leadership Trust Foundation is an educational charitable trust, dedicated to the development and enhancement of leadership for the benefit of all sectors of society. To celebrate its 35-year anniversary, the Foundation proudly announced the creation of the Leadership Trust Foundation Fellowship, an award which recognizes the contribution of an individual in the field of leadership. The individuals invited are among the top scholars who have contributed to the field of international leadership studies.
Madsen has been heavily involved for many years in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota in work, community and family education with a specialization in human resource development. She has other degrees in exercise science, wellness and speech communication education and started her career many years ago as a middle school speech and debate teacher.
Madsen has personally interviewed a host of women university presidents, governors and international leaders. Her first book, titled “On Becoming a Woman Leader: Learning from the Experiences of University Presidents,” was released in 2008, and her second book, titled “Developing Leadership: Learning from the Experiences of Women Governors,” was published in 2009. She has recently conducted related leadership research and consulting in the United Arab Emirates and China and is currently the director of the Utah Women and Education Project that is focused on researching the reasons why Utah is below the national average on women attending and graduating from higher education.