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NEW LeadershipCOLUMBUS, Miss. -- A May 20-24 leadership program at Mississippi University for Women is now open for applications from Mississippi college women.

Called NEW Leadership, the national bipartisan program developed originally by Rutgers University is a partnership between The W and Starkville-based John C. Stennis Center for Public Service.  Drawing on the expertise of state, regional and national leaders, the five-day residential program will educate college women about ways they can become more involved in public service and the political process.

“The program is open to any undergraduate college woman attending a community college, college or university in Mississippi, or any female resident of Mississippi pursuing a bachelor’s degree out of state,” explained Kate Brown, director of The W’s Center for Creative Learning and a coordinator of the program.  There is no cost to participants.

NEW Leadership FacultyStudents selected for the program will interact with three faculty-in-residence, as well as hear from a variety of women who have excelled in public service roles within Mississippi.  Sessions will include exercises that encourage development of skills such as public speaking, conflict resolution, networking and advocacy, Brown said.

Faculty-in-residence include Nancy Bocskor, president of Arlington, Va.-based The Nancy Bocskor Co.; Heather McTeer Toney, former mayor of Greenville; and Sally Doty, an MUW alumna and current Mississippi state senator (District 39).

Students also will hear a keynote address by Amy Tuck, a two-term Mississippi lieutenant governor who currently serves as vice president for campus operations at Mississippi State University.

“We have an outstanding slate of speakers, moderators and mentors who are committed to sharing their experiences and knowledge,” said the Stennis Center’s Brother Rogers.

Applications and more information are available at