As a progressive city, we will seek to educate leaders from throughout the community. The Academy's principal goal is to create an active network of informed and concerned citizens that will influence the direction of Kettering and support the achievement of its goals and objectives. While working and learning together, participants will enhance their leadership skills, broaden their understanding of community issues and become a resource for leadership opportunities in Kettering.

The Kettering Leadership Academy, sponsored by the City of Kettering, has been created to equip citizens with important knowledge and skills needed to help lead a community. In a 9-month period, class members will learn through presentations, discussions, and direct experience about every major aspect of community life including public safety, city government, education / schools, community diversity, history, health care, business and service clubs / volunteering. Participants are selected based on their leadership potential and demonstrated commitment to the community. As a graduate of the program, you will help form a foundation of people who are uniquely qualified for the responsibilities of future community leadership.


The program's principal goal is to build a resource of community leaders on a continuing basis. Kettering Leadership Academy has five specific objectives:

  • To identify, educate and develop potential community leaders;
  • To expand the leadership potential of participants;
  • To enhance quality of life in the community;
  • To provide a channel for individuals to gain access to leadership opportunities in an informed and responsible manner; and
  • To ensure that participants receive personal growth and satisfaction, as well as community recognition.


A maximum of 14 people will have the opportunity to participate in the Kettering Leadership Academy during the 9-month period. Participants are selected on their own merit by the Academy's board members. The admissions process consists of a written application and personal interview.

Each participant is required to attend at least six sessions and the opening retreat to be eligible to graduate. Class preparation will include reviewing reading materials and completing assignments.


  • Name * Required
  • Address * Required
  • Business Address

    Please list schools attended, area of study, and degrees/diploma received. Please include any professional or training programs attended.

    Please list your last three places of employment, dates of employment and position held.

  • Please list any other organizations in which you are currently involved (e.g., other community, civic, professional, business, religious or social organizations, athletics, etc.)


    Please list below the three persons who may be contacted as a reference for your application. Please choose individuals who are familiar with your leadership / volunteer interests and activities.
  • Name
  • Name
  • Name

    Participants are expected to meet the financial requirements, as well as participation requirements.
  • The cost of this Academy is $650.00. Do you have a sponsor?
  • If no, will you be seeking scholarship assistance toward the tuition fee?
    (limited scholarship money is available)
  • Participants are expected to attend all sessions (two-day opening retreat and seven full-day classes once a month). Those missing more than two sessions will be denied graduation and asked to withdraw from the program. Will you be able to fulfill the required time commitment?

    - Please email a current resume to MaryLou.Randolph@ketteringoh.org - All applications must be submitted by July 8, 2019

    By checking this box, I understand the time commitment involved upon being selected for The Kettering Leadership Academy. If selected, I am willing to devote the time and energy needed to be a contributing member of the class. I understand that if I fail to meet the obligations of the Academy I will be asked to withdraw from the program and my tuition will not be refunded. I verify that the information provided on this application is true to the best of my knowledge.


Participants will be asked to participate in a community issue or complete a class project. The purpose is to provide an opportunity to participants to engage in the small group decision-making process that will help prepare them for future involvement in volunteer civic and community activities.

The class selection process seeks a cross-section of the community - men and women from different career, educational, political and cultural backgrounds.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to set and achieve goals, which is an indication of the applicant's motivation and leadership potential.

Candidates must demonstrate commitment to the community. This is achieved through past and current community involvement and interest in future involvement beyond the scope of the Kettering Leadership Academy.

Candidates must show potential to impact the community. This is based on the applicant's ability to offer leadership and resources to benefit the community; work with other community leaders; and provide initiative in critical areas.

The Kettering Leadership Academy consists of seven daily sessions and a mandatory two-day retreat. Each session is held at a different location within the community - a site pertinent to the class topic. The class format consists of discussion of information and issues related to the topic, and a leadership exercise.



The 2019 - 2020 Kettering Leadership Academy consists of an opening retreat and seven classes (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.). The dates are scheduled as follows:


September 8-9............Retreat (mandatory)

October 10.........................................Government

November 14.............................................Education


January 9............................................Health Care

February 13............Service Clubs/Volunteering

March 13...............................................Public Safety

April 9.....Community Organizations/History

May 14..........Business Community/Graduation

Tuition for the program is $650 per participant. Tuition can be paid by the participant's employer or sponsoring organization. A limited number of scholarships are available to applicants who require financial aid assistance.


Pam Cochran, Manager

Town & Country Shopping Center

Mark Hufnagle, Manager, Client Contact Center Operations

Mast Global

Scott Inskeep, Superintendent

Kettering City Schools

Joe Nicosia, Chief Learning Officer

Kettering Health Network

Walter Osborne, Controller


Christopher Protsman, Chief of Police

City of Kettering

Terry Schalnat, Former Executive Director

We Care Arts


Bruce Duke


City of Kettering

Mary Lou Randolph

Volunteer Administrator

City of Kettering

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