AASCU-Penson Center Helps College and University Leaders Nationwide

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AASCU-Penson Center
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A longtime education administrator, Dr. Keith Miller is the formers president of Virginia State University and president emeritus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. In addition to leading institutions in Virginia and Pennsylvania, Dr. Keith Miller has worked closely with organizations such as the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). He currently works as a consultant at the AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development.

In its efforts to help college and university executives advance the success of their institutions, the Penson Center offers a range of consulting programs and services. The organization helps school leadership teams develop and implement new strategic plans, set goals and initiatives, and establish funding. The center also assists with leadership assessment and development, board creation, and team building.

Beyond these activities, the Penson Center has experience helping colleges and universities manage finances, plan academic programs, and establish strong relationships with key stakeholders and community partners. In recent years, the AASCU-Penson Center has worked with dozens of institutions in states throughout the country, including California, Texas, and New Jersey.

Confronting Organizational Insecurities Head On

Leveraging past experience as president of Virginia State University, Dr. Keith Miller provides clients in Virginia and beyond with goal-driven educational consulting services. Dr. Keith Miller recently engaged with the Niagara University College of Business Administration in leading a strategic planning workshop.

One aspect of the leadership equation that Dr. Miller focuses on is defeating the forces of fear, deceit, insecurity, and hypocrisy, which thrive in many organizations. When these elements exist, they are very difficult to uproot, as organizational behavior takes a long-term vision to change.

The key to overcoming organizational challenges is to confront them head on. While upper management may be tempted to gloss over endemic issues, the risk of doing this is becoming “out of touch.” Through connecting closely with team members at all levels of the organization and listening to their input, the isolating aspects of the hierarchy are mitigated and collective solutions that benefit the greatest number of employees are possible. More than that, potential areas of jealousy and unhealthy competition are squelched. In this way, synergies are unlocked, with each employee working together to achieve organizational success that brings collective benefits.