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The CVM’s Mark Ruder, assistant research scientist with the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, has been accepted into the prestigious National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI). As part of the 2018 cohort, Ruder will participate in a four-part leadership development experience over the course of nine months, beginning in October, 2018.

The NCLI, founded in 2005, strives to prepare leaders who work in the natural resource conservation community by offering an exceptional professional development program to individuals in a wide variety of natural resource-related organizations – from federal, state, and tribal agencies to nongovernmental organizations. Participants must go through a rigorous nomination and application process before being accepted into the program.

“It is an honor for Dr. Ruder to be selected to the NCLI, and NCLI is lucky to have him,” said John Fischer, director of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study. “We look forward to the experience of a lifetime for him, and to the knowledge and leadership training he will bring back to us that we can put to good use.”

The course consists of pre-work, residencies and individual and collaborative leadership activities.  Pre-work introduces the concept of adaptive leadership through selected readings. This is followed by a 12-day residency at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia where the leadership training expands from personal to teams to entire organizations. The second residency comes at the end of the course and is held at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Whiskey Mountain Conservation Course. In between the residencies each participant works on a team to address a previously identified conservation challenge and on their own individual leadership skills.