Dr. Andrew Butler has been selected as a Fellow for the 2011 Woodruff Leadership Academy (WLA), the 9th Class of the WLA. Nominations for the WLA were based on a combination of factors, including demonstrated leadership potential, personal accomplishments, and an enthusiastic, ambassador personality – all of which are traits needed to ensure that the 2011 WLA class is a successful one. Approximately 100 nominations were reviewed for the 24 available slots in the 2011 WLA Class.
The establishment of the WLA in 2002 was an important milestone for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC). It represented a determination to formally develop future leaders within the WHSC and to move the WHSC Vision forward. While there are great programs at Emory for managerial, supervisory, and other HR training, there are none that have focused on developing the strategic thinking and interpersonal skills needed for effective leadership across the missions of a comprehensive academic health center. The 2003 WLA Class was the first of its kind at Emory and its successes exceeded the highest expectations. The 2004 through 2010 classes were equally successful. The WLA has become a national model for leadership development among academic health centers.