ST. PETERSBURG – Eckerd College Special Programs has been renamed the Division of Executive and Continuing Education, a move that underscores the breadth and scope of the mission that began more than 30 years ago.
“This change better reflects our division’s work and the clients we serve,” said Kelly Kirschner in a press release. Kirschner is dean of the newly named division. “A commitment to lifelong learning is essential for both human and organizational development and is a core value of Eckerd College.”
The division’s focus on executive education and professional development includes the Leadership Development Institute, the Center for Conflict Dynamics and the Entrepreneurial Dimensions Profile. In November, a certificate program in digital and social media will be added.
Equally important is the division’s focus on continuing education, including the Academy of Senior Professionals, the English Language School, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Road Scholar program and the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise. The division also operates a modern Conference Center and Lodge.
Besides the name change, Kirschner announced that Megan Watson Kramer will fill the new role of executive director, executive education and professional development. Kramer, LDI’s lead for business development and marketing for nearly two decades, will have expanded responsibility for developing local and national business with particular emphasis on executive and professional development programs.