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      Ottumwa Leadership Academy names dean for 2014-2015 session

      With the 2013-2014 class of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy graduating a few weeks ago, the organization is getting set for its next session.

      The advisory board has named Sue Meadows the dean for the 2014-2015 year. Meadows served as the Director of Curriculum for the Ottumwa School District for 16 years before retiring in 2010. The dean is a volunteer position appointed by the board each year. They look for someone who understands the community, is involved in the community and wants to see leadership grow.

      "The role of the dean is primarily to be the mentor for the class and to help set curriculum," said Hollie Tometich, Executive Director of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy. "So she really spearheads our direction for the year."

      Each month focuses on a different aspect of the community, such as education, quality of life, media and communications and local government. Tometich said the program has already grown and changed in just two years of existence.

      "This past year, we had wonderful team projects, we really supported them through a mentorship program, so each team had their own mentor, which was something different that we did this year from the feedback we got from our first class," she said. "So every year, we're looking for ways to improve it and make it memorable and really a time for them to grow as a leader."

      The Leadership Academy is accepting applications for its next class. Applicants must live and/or work in Wapello County and need to submit their application by July 31.

      New this year is a scholarship opportunity for those applying from a non-profit or small business. For more information on the Andy Hansen Legacy Scholarship, click here.

      To apply for the Leadership Academy, click here.