July 26, 2005
Two staff members at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, were chosen to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development LEADERS program. The international program is for administrators and faculty in higher education.

Cheryl Batdorf, associate dean of academic affairs for HACC's Lebanon Campus, and Cynthia Doherty, PhD, associate dean of the communications, arts, and social sciences division for the Harrisburg Campus, were both selected for this year-long program.

The LEADERS program, which was designed to enhance the skills participants need to assume major decision making roles in their institutions, includes institutional practice in supervisory and human relations skills, planning and budgeting, and organizational transformation, as well as discussions with national experts in the issues confronting higher education during the next decade.

During the program, Batdorf will be mentored by Shirley Hockley, director of continuing education for Lebanon Valley College, and Doherty will be mentored by Dory Leahey, dean of student retention services at the Harrisburg Campus, to work on projects that will aid HACC and foster individual professional growth.

Batdorf will work on completing her dissertation: applicant reactions to online selection tools, while Doherty plans to look at administrative models for collaborating between academic divisions and developmental education.

Cheryl Batdorf started her position at HACC's Lebanon Campus last July. Prior to that, she served for 11 years as assistant director of the MBA program at Lebanon Valley College. A native of Lebanon, Batdorf was instrumental in creating the program's strong presence among many of central Pennsylvania's leading businesses.

Batdorf holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Shippensburg University, an MBA from Lebanon Valley College, and is currently a candidate for her doctorate in business administration from Argosy University in Florida.

She lives in Myerstown with her husband and two children.

Cynthia Doherty joined the college in 1993 and is an associate professor of English. Prior to joining HACC, she served as a teaching assistant for six years at Penn State University and taught high school English and social studies. She currently chairs HACC's Middle States accreditation project.

Doherty earned her bachelor's degree in English from King's College in Briarcliff Manor, New York, and both her master's and doctorate degrees in English from Penn State University.

She lives in Dauphin with her husband and three children.

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