Eleven Metropolitan State University of Denver faculty and staff leaders graduated from the LEAD Leadership Program cohort Wednesday, April 26. The program was developed by the Learning and Development Team to encourage employees to refine their leadership skills.  

LEAD aims to engage with University leaders who are committed to aligning their leadership styles with Pillar V of MSU Denver’s 2030 Strategic Plan. The sessions provided faculty and staff participants with tools to sharpen management skills to engage those they lead, facilitate change and develop healthy team culture. The program will be offered again in fall.


  • Matthew Bohn, office manager, Office of Human Resources
  • Jennifer Dechant, executive assistant to the vice president for Administration/chief operations officer and the associate vice president for Administration/chief financial officer   
  • Meredith Jeffers, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish and faculty trustee  
  • Kevin Lole, business analysis manager, Information Technology Services – Application Services   
  • Sean Murphy, associate registrar of Systems and Curriculum Registrars  
  • Pamela Packer, assistant dean, College of Business  
  • Ed Porfilio, coordinator, Enrollment Call Center  
  • Yvonne Reed, program assistant I, Writing Center  
  • David Rodriguez, office administrator, Health Professions  
  • Shannon Roe, assistant director, Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute  
  • James Webb, career advisor and Business Development coordinator, School of Hospitality

How to get involved

LEAD is one of three new internal professional-development opportunities offered to faculty and staff members. Employees can register for the fall cohort in Workday. Additional offerings include LAUNCH and GROW. 

  • LAUNCH is a three-day program that is primarily focused on faculty and staff members who are somewhat new to leadership roles.  
  • GROW is a workshop series dedicated to supporting employee levels, including faculty and staff members and student employees. Topics include leading with emotional intelligence, building trust and psychological safety in the workplace, and providing collaborative communication and feedback.