Consulting Director & Adjunct Professor of Leadership
OPPORTUNITY: Having presented annual leadership workshops and programs over the years at Wilmington College since 1991, Fran Kick served from 1995-1998 as Consulting Director of the Wilmington College Leadership Institute.
RESULTS: Fran taught the Junior- and Senior-level Developing Leaders Practicum courses as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Leadership at Wilmington College. A part of the Wilmington College Developing Leaders Program (DLP), this four-year sequence of academic and cocurricular programs educated, trained, and prepared college students for leadership both on campus and in the community.
Fran Kick also led the development and marketing of student leadership retreats for area junior and senior high school students every Monday on Wilmington’s campus September through April. College students assisted as small-group team leaders in addition to leading campus tours and sharing lunch with the high school participants. The program expanded to include middle school student retreats as well.
The college collaboratively published with Instruction & Design Concepts a Leadership Program 1996-97 Overview & Resource Guide. This 137-page 8.5×11 spiral-bound manual was presented via breakout session programs, shared in academic poster presentations, and sold at numerous ACPA, APCA, NASPA, LEC’97 Higher Education Conferences. This implementation guide detailed for the first time a complete leadership program overview of Wilmington College’s approach to leadership development.
In 1998, the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP) and the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) listed Wilmington College’s Developing Leaders Program as one of the 16 best undergraduate leadership development programs in the U.S. The Center for Creative Leadership recognized the program in its 1998-99 publication Leadership Education: A Source Book of Courses and Programs (7th Edition). The John Templeton Foundation named Wilmington College to its Character Building Colleges Honor Roll for Student Leadership Programs.
Wilmington College, a private college founded by the Quakers in 1870 is dedicated to hands-on learning within a community-of-doing. The student leadership program at Wilmington College, initiated in 1981, was in need of a major overhaul and ‘reengineering.’ In the fall of 1995, the College’s relationship with Fran Kick took a new and very exciting direction.
“I can definitely see the impact you have made—the program the past two years was a 100% improvement over my freshman + sophomore experience.”
Tammy Smith, Wilmington College Senior, May 1998