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Oaks Leadership Academy

Oaks Leadership Academy

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"Lafayette is committed to developing the leaders of tomorrow, and we want to make sure that our student-athletes have the best leadership training available. Certainly much is learned in the classroom and on the playing fields, but a substantive and systematic leadership development program ensures that our student-athletes have the proper training necessary to lead now and in the future."
- Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon
"Leadership is not being a senior or junior, or how many minutes you play or if you earn All-America status. Leadership has more to do with how you influence people ... Leadership is about asking, 'What can you do for your team?'"
- Dr. Greg Shelley

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Dr. Wilbur Wilson Oaks' '51 graduating from Lafayette College, Oaks' daughter, Cynthia Oaks Linville '80, and son-in-law Dr. Judson C. Linville '79, made a generous gift to endow the Lafayette Athletics Leadership Academy in June of 2011.

The purpose of the Dr. Wilbur Wilson Oaks '51 Leadership Development Fund and the Leadership Academy is to develop, challenge, and support Lafayette student-athletes and coaches in their quest to become effective leaders in academics, athletics and life. The Academy - established in 2011 in a partnership between Lafayette and Janssen Peak Performance - will provide the leadership development programming to accomplish this objective, including interactive workshops, 360-degree feedback, one-on-one coaching, peer mentoring, supplemental online training and educational resources.

Academy Instructor: Greg Shelley, Ph. D.

With over 16 years of experience working with high-level coaches and student-athletes, Dr. Greg Shelley is one of the nation's top speakers and consultants in the areas of leadership development, team building, motivation, communication, conflict resolution, and peak performance.

In addition to being a professor at Ithaca College in New York, Greg is the primary facilitator for the Oaks Leadership Academy. Greg also consults with numerous college athletic departments and professional organizations.

He is the co-author of Moving Toward Your Potential: The Athlete's Guide to Peak Performance as well as author of several book chapters and articles in coaches' magazines. Greg earned his doctorate from the University of Utah in Sport Psychology (1997). He is passionate about developing student-athletes and coaches into highly effective leaders.

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