The Leadership University Park program began in 2003. A collaborative program involving the City and the University Park Community League, Leadership University Park strives to familiarize residents with the community’s resources, opportunities and challenges. With the ultimate objective of encouraging class participants to serve in community leadership positions, in part through the enhancement of each resident’s knowledge of City government and community services, the program is centered around seminars that touch on every major aspect of City operations. Eleven classes have graduated from Leadership University Park program.
The mission of Leadership University Park is to inspire recognized and emerging leaders of the community to network and create collaborations and partnerships to further common goals.
- To provide a systematic educational program to familiarize individuals with the community’s resources,
opportunities and challenges.
- To encourage informed individuals to serve in community leadership positions.
- To strengthen relationships among leaders who represent the diverse segments of University Park.
Program highlights include: A class on the history of the City presented by the Mayors who have served the community over the last 30 years; a walking tour of the City’s Peek Service Center, which is home to the City’s Public Works & Parks and Recreation Departments; a review of the City’s financial standing by Finance Director; a family night dinner with the Fire Department; Police Department “open house”; lunch at the Dallas County Park Cities Municipal Utility District; the George W. Bush Presidential Library; the University Park City Library; an in-depth discussion of current projects and issues by City Manager Robbie Corder; and much more.
The format is an 17 month program with one class per month (Thursday evenings generally). The class schedule will not conflict with the Holiday Season. Each session will present a different component of your local government by administrative staff and local officials. Classes begin at 7 pm and usually run for an hour. The exact class schedule will be provided upon acceptance to the program.
Open to all residents of University Park, the program seeks up to 25 participants who represent various aspects of the community from public, private and non-profit sectors.
Characteristics of a successful applicant include: commitment, motivation, and interest to serve the community; demonstrated voluntary leadership in community affairs; desire and willingness to seek key volunteer and/or appointed leadership roles; and long-term commitment to play a personal role in helping to shape University Park’s future.
Tuition is $250 per person. Tuition covers cost for a class handbook, class refreshments, a dinner for class members and their families with the University Park Fire Department, and the graduation luncheon at the Park City Club in May..
Graduates join a powerful alumni base, of more than 200 residents who enjoy continuing opportunities for community service, exposure, and networking. The Community League is proud of its more than 100 Leadership U.P. graduates who have served on City Boards and Committees.
Contact For More Information
Christine Green – City of University Park