Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s Building Opportunities through Leadership Development (BOLD) Project held its annual completion ceremony and reception on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center.
The ceremony was hosted by SU Ag Center Extension Assistant Dana D. Isaac and Vice Chancellor for Extension Gina E. Eubanks, Ph.D., provided a welcome to the guests and participants.
The center’s interim Chancellor Adell Brown, Ph.D., served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony.
Dr. Brown provided insight to leaders and stressed the importance of grassroots leadership. “Get the position because you want to do the work,” said Brown.
Former BOLD participants Pastor Janice G. Carter and Shevella C. Powell also attended the ceremony. They each spoke of their past experiences in the BOLD project, the technology skills they gained, and how important it is to remember the people who work behind the scenes who are responsible for getting the work done and actually hold up and carry the programs. Cater and Powell both echoed the sentiment that leadership is not about YOU! It’s about the work.
2014-2015 BOLD participants who completed the 11 month leadership program were: Christopher Chappell from East Baton Rouge and Tangipahoa Parishes, Angell Jordan from Lafayette and Acadia Parishes, Karen Marchand from East Baton Rouge Parish, Marlin Ford from East Baton Rouge and Bossier Parishes, Darryl Robertson from Baton Rouge Parish, and JaLeisha and Leisha Cousin from St. Tammany Parish.
BOLD is a grassroots statewide leadership program designed to provide leadership skills needed to improve rural and under-served communities. It is an evaluative and technical assistance project designed to develop teams of emerging leaders who work together across racial, class and community boundaries in innovative ways to promote community and economic development.
The next BOLD leadership course will begin its first class on October 10, 2015 at the SU Ag Center.