UPEI Master of Education student Lech Krzywonos was recently awarded the 2012 Gary Filan Excellence in Leadership Award and Scholarship at the Chair Academy’s 21st Annual International Leadership Conference that took place on March 26–29 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Krzywonos was nominated by his academic facilitators for outstanding participation in a foundation Academy, as well as his contribution to the overall Academy experience. Not only was Krzywonos recognized at the conference’s awards ceremony, but he also received a scholarship to attend an Advanced Leadership Academy to further his leadership education.
UPEI’s Interim Dean of Education Miles Turnbull mentioned that it came as no surprise when Krzywonos was recognized for his outstanding leadership at this prestigious international conference. “Professors and colleagues who worked with Lech during his MEd program at UPEI were all impressed with, and touched by, Lech’s intellect, gentle yet creative leadership style, and his humble approach to life and his colleagues. I expect to hear much more about Lech’s future career and leadership growth,” said Turnbull.
Krzywonos is currently the Academic Chair of the School of Access at the Nova Scotia Community College in Truro, Nova Scotia and will graduate from the UPEI MEd program this spring. “It was truly humbling to be named as the recipient of this award among an international conglomerate of the best leaders in our college and university systems. This recognition is a reflection of the exceptional individuals who support me every day. My family, NSCC colleagues, the Chair Academy cohort and facilitators, and UPEI’s MEd colleagues and staff have all allowed me to make mistakes and learn each and every day, and through this, are helping to shape my leadership journey. I combined the Chair Academy experience as a credit towards my MEd. It’s a feather in the cap for UPEI to have supported such a collaboration that promotes partnership, flexibility, and creativity. ”
The Chair Academy based in Mesa, Arizona is dedicated to delivering exemplary leadership development. The Academy has offered world-class, competency-based, leadership development programs for college and university leaders at the organizational, state, regional, national, and international level since 1992. The Annual International Leadership Conference attracts leaders from around the world to experience distinguished keynote speakers and presentations.