Selected for Leadership Academy in Aging


Dr. Lori Messinger, Professor and Director of the UNCW School of Social Work, has been selected to participate in the 6th Cohort of the Leadership Academy in Aging. The national, year-long leadership development program is supported through a partnership between the New York Academy of Medicine’s Social Work Leadership Institute, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The Leadership Academy assists social work deans and directors to further develop as leaders in the field of aging care, with specific training in management, leadership development, legislative outreach, media relations, community development, fundraising, and faculty relations.

Dr. Messinger, currently in her third year at UNCW, is excited about this opportunity to further develop her skill set. “I hope that participating in the Leadership Academy helps me to be a stronger leader for the UNCW School of Social Work as we continue to develop our identity and influence within the university and the larger community,” she said.

“With the number of older adults in Southeastern North Carolina expected to increase 100-149% by 2031, the Leadership Academy’s focus on serving older populations is important,” noted Dr. Charles Hardy, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Hardy pointed out that the School of Social Work has strong connections to agencies in the region that serve older adults and their families, and has recently added five new social work faculty members with experience developing and evaluating interventions to help older adults live more successful and fulfilling lives.  Dr. Messinger’s participation in this Leadership Academy will better position the School to take advantage of these connections and  support the College’s goal of making a difference in the lives of North Carolina’s older populations.



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