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Peru State Administrator Todd Drew Selected for Harvard Leadership Institute


Todd Drew
Todd Drew

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Todd Drew has been selected to attend Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education Institute (MLE) June 20-July 2 in Boston, Mass.

Drew is one of approximately 100 higher education administrators from around the world selected to participate. Some of the countries that will be represented at the Institute include Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman and Vietnam, among others.

To prepare for the experience, Drew composed a mini case study that discussed the renaissance of Peru State College throughout the past decade. The case was selected to be used as the teaching example in a session on reframing leadership, which will be led by Harvard faculty.

Drew said, “I'm excited about this opportunity. Over the years we have supported faculty participation in advanced development opportunities, including those at Harvard, but this will be the first time for me. I see the information gained having value not just in my leadership role, but also useful in the Organizational Change course I teach in our graduate program in organizational management.”

Drew’s Harvard experience will play a key role as the college begins a comprehensive strategic planning process that will chart the course for PSC for the next several years.

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “This professional affirmation is a well-deserved honor for someone who has played a key role in Peru State College’s growth and success over the past decade. Some of Dr. Drew’s greatest strengths are program development and innovation, so we are excited to see what new and dynamic ideas he brings back from the Harvard Institute that will aid us in shaping an even stronger and more vibrant future for Peru State College.”

The Institute for Management and Leadership in Education is designed for experienced administrators who are responsible for thinking strategically about their institutions’ change agendas. Specifically, the Institute will help attendees:

  • Master new approaches to leadership.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies. 
  • Evaluate the impact of new initiatives and alliances.
  • Realign faculty and financial resources.
  • Understand and overcome the challenges of organizational change.

Drew joined PSC as an assistant professor of business in 1999 before being appointed dean of the School of Professional Studies in 2000 and dean of faculty in early 2007. He was appointed vice president for academic affairs later in 2007.

Prior to his arrival at PSC, Drew held a variety of analyst and management positions in the higher education, public transit and auto manufacturing industries. He previously worked as a consultant in the areas of strategic and business planning, as well as organizational change and process improvement. Drew has also participated in research projects sponsored by the United States and Canadian governments, which took him overseas to explore non-economic trade barriers in the Philippines with faculty from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). 

Over the years, Drew has held adjunct or other teaching positions at five other higher education institutions. He has published work on student perceptions of experiences in higher education in the Journal of Higher Education. He is a member of the Academy of Management.

Drew earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business administration from Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in higher education with a counseling emphasis from the University of Maine. His doctorate in education, with a focus on leadership and higher education, was completed at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.