Saturday, May 28, 2005

New at the CGA: The Institute for Leadership and Ethics

Well, here's what I've found...

On the Coast Guard Academy's own website:
In 2003, the Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard envisioned a Chair in Leadership and a Chair in Ethics to enhance the development of the future leaders of the Coast Guard. These two Chairs are assigned to the Academic Division forming the foundation of the Institute for Leadership and Ethics located on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
And this also:
The ILE will support and enhance the development of Coast Guard leaders of character by integrating theory and practice in a variety of leadership environments. It facilitates mastery of the Coast Guard Leadership Competencies and promotes the Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

By the end of the decade, the ILE will be the internationally recognized model for integrating leadership and ethic theory and practice. The renowned experts in leadership and ethics holding the endowed chairs will anchor the ILE's activities and enhance the Academy's visibility. They will add value to the project of developing leaders by bringing to the program insight drawn from knowledge of leadership and ethics, experience in applying that knowledge, and immediate credibility among the students and faculty.

The initial step in the development of this vision has been made possible through the generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. James S. Tyler, who endowed the James S. Tyler Distinguished Chair in Leadership Development in November 2004. Admiral James Loy (U.S. Coast Guard, Ret.) became the ILE's first Leadership Chair in April 2005.

With Admiral Loy onboard, leadership development at the Academy has taken on an enhanced dimension.
And this in the Hartford Courant:
Loy wants to bring in the "best and brightest" leaders for a lecture series to help bridge the gap between what the cadets learn in their theoretical studies and what they will need to apply in the outside world.

He was picked as the academy's first James S. Tyler leadership chair, named for the former student James Tyler, a longtime California businessman who credits much of his success with lessons learned in New London. Tyler has endowed $2.5 million to start the institute, which hasn't yet been formally named.

His reason: "I'd like to see the Coast Guard Academy become well known - nationally known - as a place you go for leadership development," he said.
So, what I gather is this:
  • The new Institute falls not under the Leadership Development Center, but an academic department.

  • The new Institute will focus on leadership development for cadets.

  • The new Institute will not be something for the entire Coast Guard.

  • The Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Academy continue to be paracochial in their view of education and personal & professional development, avoiding opportunties to build an educational community to meet the needs of all Coasties, and perhaps even the Department of Homeland Security.
Yeh, that about sums it up.

Guess the notion of a College of Homeland Security or a College of National Security, ala the Naval War College, is dead on arrival

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