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Burbach, Mark E., R.M. Joeckel, (2023) Nebraska Water Leaders Academy Final Report University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 54 pp.




Eighteen participants completed the 2023 Water Leaders Academy bringing the total number of graduates to 186 since the inception of the program in 2011. Assessments of participants’ transformational leadership skills, champion of innovation skills, water knowledge, engagement with water issues, civic capacity, entrepreneurial leadership behaviors, boundary spanning skills, and curiosity increased significantly over the course of the year, according to both the participants and their raters. Feedback from the participants was highly positive and constructive. Academy planners are addressing participant concerns. Results of the program assessment indicate that the curriculum is meeting the Academy’s objectives. Therefore, only minor changes are planned for the 2024 Academy curriculum. The continued emergence of Academy alumni as leaders worldwide attests to its ongoing success.