The vice-president of the FIU for engagement appointed Presidential Leadership Scholar


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Vice-president of the FIU for engagement Saif Y. Ishoof has been selected to be a member of the Presidential leadership researchers Class of 2016, a unique leadership development initiative that draws on the resources of the US Presidential Centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George HW Bush, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.Saif-Ishoof-POTUS-reconnaissance-428x570

These Presidential Centers have come together to bring together a select group of leaders who have the desire and the ability to take their leadership strengths to the next level in order to help their communities and our country.

Sixty-two academics from various sectors – private, public, nonprofit, military and academia – have been invited to participate in this year’s cohort, which will begin a six-month leadership training series at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, later this month.

“We are delighted that this immense honor is bestowed on our Vice President for Engagement, Saif Ishoof,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “I have no doubts that Saif will use this experience to advance the mission of the FIU to serve as a solution center for our community, locally and globally.”

Ishoof heads the CRF Commitment office by incubating transformational partnerships. As Vice President for Engagement, he builds win-win partnerships that create lasting change for the university and its students; public and private sector partners; and the global community.

Ishoof is also a Green Fellow at Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. Previously, Saif was the founding executive director of City Year Miami, which offers 17-24 year olds the opportunity to serve one year in struggling schools as tutors, mentors and role models to fill the gap in opportunity. Under his leadership, the organization more than doubled in size and reach with an expansion from 8 to 18 schools.

“The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program is an incredible program and an exceptional opportunity to connect with exceptional leaders and innovators across the country,” said Ishoof. “I look forward to developing new relationships and bringing back exciting transformational opportunities to the FIU and our community at large. “

During the program, academics will visit each participating presidential center to learn from past presidents, senior administration officials, and leading academics to practice different leadership approaches, develop a network of peers, and exchange ideas to help them make an impact in their communities.

Researchers will visit the George HW Bush Presidential Library in March, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in April, the George W. Bush Presidential Center in May, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in June. The class will graduate from the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, in July.


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Kevin E. Boling