Whitesides Completes Executive Leadership Certificate at Cornell University

Thursday, April 20, 2017


SC State University’s 1890 Research Administrator, Dr. Louis Whitesides, recently earned his Executive Leadership Certificate from the prestigious Ivy League, Cornell University.


The Executive Leadership Certificate indicates that Whitesides has the necessary skills and knowledge for making effective decisions, leading organizational change, managing across cultures, strategic planning and implementation and identifying the impacts of financial performances on the quality of an organization.


“Overall, it was a really great experience,” said Whitesides.  “With Cornell being a land-grant university, they understood and shared our values and mission of improving the quality of life for our citizens.  Being a graduate and now employed by a land grant university, the rigorous program seemed to be tailored to me individually, therefore, the knowledge, skills and tools I acquired completing the program, can be immediately applied. 


The Executive Leadership Certificate prepares participants in various leadership skills including, negotiating processes, developing measures and standards of service quality for internal and external customers, recognizing the constraints of commonly used approaches for measuring financial performance, responding decisively and consistently to complex situations, etc.


“Earning a certificate from such a well-respected school as Cornell University shows how effective of a leader Dr. Whitesides is,” said Delbert Foster, executive director of 1890 Programs. “I know Dr. Whitesides will continue to apply his knowledge and new expertise gained to continue to grow the 1890 Research Program.”


Cornell is a privately endowed research university founded in 1865.  As a federal land-grant institution, Cornell has the responsibility, unique within the Ivy League, to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in the nation and the world.