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WWU Leadership Center


The William Woods University Leadership Center benefits the broader campus community by acting as a hub to foster engagement and collaboration across campus disciplines. It provides scholastic and experiential opportunities for faculty, students, and community members to work together. These research projects offer evidence-based best practices within the departments and schools and with external stakeholders while also increasing our students’ academic efficacy. These collaborative projects reinforce our professions-oriented academic mission and increase our value to prospective students. Finally, the leadership center is a driver for engagement with external stakeholders through consulting and professional education opportunities, self-paced and certificate education, and collaboration through a fellows program.

About the Center

Mission & Purpose


Promoting leadership development through education, research and evidence-based practices.


Housed in the School of Business and Technology, the William Woods University Leadership Center promotes leadership development, research and provides opportunities to address real issues faced by individuals and organizations. In alignment with the School of Business and Technology's vision and mission as well as William Woods University’s mission, the center provides research based and practical programs to build leadership competencies that are professions-oriented. Disciplines across the campus community are encouraged to work within the Leadership Center and collaborate on leadership projects and proposals that spark intellectual conversations and ideas.

Strategic Alignment

Strategic Alignment

The Leadership Center aligns with the following strategic priorities of the University.

Strategic Priority 1: Strengthening our Academic Culture
Objective 1.2 – Encourage faculty growth and excellence through scholarship and professional development.
Objective 1.4 – Engage students in high-impact experiences in and outside the classroom.
Objective 1.5 – Strategically add new programs that complement or augment the existing curriculum.

Strategic Priority 4: Cultivate Strategic Partnerships
Objective 4.1 – Support current partnerships and alliances.
Objective 4.2 – Establish new strategic alliances and programs to reflect global trends in education and professions.


Goals of the Leadership Center

The Center is focused on the following goals:

  • Provide high-quality leadership development opportunities for stakeholders and the community at large.
  • Develop leaders who will have a positive impact on their followers, their organization and their community.
  • Provide an environment where innovation in leadership studies and related disciplines can grow.
  • Investigate and provide solutions to organizations facing challenges in their organizations.
  • Develop research and publication avenues for faculty, students and professionals in the field.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with outside stakeholders that provide a bidirectional benefit and learning experience for all involved.

Leadership Development through formal curriculum, self-paced certificates, continuing education, workshops, and speakers series that utilize leadership theory and frameworks to educate leaders at all levels.

Leadership Research through collaboration among faculty, students and practitioners in leadership.

Experiential Learning Opportunities through programs such as the center’s Fellows Program that bring faculty, students, and professionals together to address real issues in the local and regional area.


WWU offers certificate programs that can be completed in as little as 16 weeks. These thoughtfully designed certificate programs offer knowledge and credentials that support career growth and are delivered with flexibility in mind. Take a look at our certificate offerings today and see which one is the right fit for you!

About the Team

Dr. Stephen Forsha

Dr. Stephen Forsha

Stephen Forsha is the Director of the School of Business and Technology and an Associate Professor at William Woods University. He holds a doctoral degree in management, a MBA and a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a member of the Academy of Management, Irish Academy of Management and Midwest Academy of Management. He serves as a reviewer for the Academy of Management and the Midwest Academy of Management and has been named an outstanding review for both organizations. He has presented original works at various conferences including the Philosophy of Management’s International Conference, the Academy of Management Annual Conference, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry’s Annual Convention and the Midwest Academy of Management’s Annual Conference. Stephen is a certified coach with USA Rugby and the Gaelic Athletic Association and is a national referee with the United States Gaelic Athletic Association. He is also the head coach in Hurling for the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Association.

Dr. Miriam O'Callagan

Dr. Miriam O'Callagan

Miriam O'Callaghan is the Program Manager of the MA in Organizational Leadership program and an Assistant Professor at William Woods University. She holds a Ph.D. in management and a MBA in human resource management. She is a certified MSCEIT assessor and emotional intelligence coach. In 2010, she founded a social welfare organization 'SEEDS' which she led for five years. She is internationally experienced and has worked with universities and training organizations in the USA, Australia, and India. Miriam has won many awards including the Young Scientist Award in behavioral sciences from MPCST, Government of M.P. (India). She has authored 13 research papers, and two books on leadership and emotional intelligence. Her interests include nature, cooking, cinema, research, reading, and travel. She is an optimistic futurist who believes in total wellbeing.

Scott Zimmerman, LTC (Ret.)

Scott Zimmerman, LTC (Ret.)

Scott Zimmerman is the program manager for the Missouri National Guard Show-Me GOLD program and the Triumph Program, a dual-credit partnership with the Missouri Military Academy. He holds an instructor rank in leadership and military studies at William Woods University. Prior to joining William Woods University, Scott served as a full-time Lieutenant Colonel in the Missouri Army National Guard. Scott is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Management and owns Zimmerman Strategies, a strategic planning consulting firm.

Director of the Leadership Center

Dr. Thomas Trice

Dr. Thomas Trice

Thomas Trice is the Program Manager of the Master of Business Administration program and holds an Associate Professor rank at William Woods University. He holds a Doctoral Degree in leadership management with a focus in psychology and sociology of leadership and two Master’s Degrees from Webster University, one in human resource & development and a second in leadership management. He obtained his two undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in criminal justice and administration of justice and pre-law. Dr. Trice received his certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the University of South Florida. Dr. Trice retired after more than 23 years working in local, county, state, and federal law enforcement. He is also the President/CEO/Founder of TRIKEN Consulting, Inc. He has received numerous commendations for his public service, which includes being named “Illinois Top Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” as well as “Top 50 Investigators in the United States”, “The Distinguished Alumni Award” from his alma mater, Southern University of Carbondale and an “Excellence in Teaching Award”. He is also nationally certified & Licensed Polygraph Examiner and Forensic Interviewer.

For more information about the leadership center, or if your organization is interested in entering into a collaborative project, please contact the Director of the Leadership Center.

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