News Release

Area parish leadership programs affiliate with Southeastern

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Leadership St. Tammany and Leadership Tangipahoa, two non-profit programs designed to identify and prepare potential new leaders for service in the public and private sectors, have become affiliated with Southeastern Louisiana University.

     Under agreements reached between the university and the organizations, Southeastern will assist in providing general administrative support for the program, handling matters such as registration, class scheduling and providing meeting locations and speakers. The university’s St. Tammany Center will coordinate activities for Leadership St. Tammany, while the Southeast Louisiana Business Center will coordinate Leadership Tangipahoa.

     “These programs are proven success stories and we are pleased to become affiliated with the organizations,” said Southeastern President Randy Moffett. “These new partnerships tie in perfectly with our mission to help lead the educational, cultural and economic development of the region.”

     The programs, which were started by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce and the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, focus on recruiting emerging leaders from various segments of the community and involving them in public affairs. Through training sessions and individual study, participants are able to identify their own leadership styles while incorporating different leadership techniques.

     “Leadership St. Tammany has been successful in creating a network of informed and committed individuals who are dedicated to the advancement of the parish,” said Larry Burch, president. “Graduates of the program have gone on to fill leadership positions in public and private agencies and organizations. The affiliation with Southeastern will give us additional resources to make our program even stronger.”

     “We are pleased to partner with Southeastern in helping us coordinate the activities of our program and to continue to produce exceptional leaders that are so important to making our parish thrive,” said Ricky Masaracchia, Leadership Tangipahoa president. “The university has the resources to help us groom and prepare individuals who will assume the important roles of leading our parish and communities.”

     The programs begin with weekend retreats where participants learn about power, conflict, influence, and decision-making. The retreats also include team building exercises and development of communication skills.

     The programs continue during the year with several full-day training workshops covering a variety of topics designed to provide participants with additional training in leadership skills and increased knowledge of the community

Both programs are accepting applications for their next class. Applicants are reviewed by selection committees and are evaluated based on their personal long-term commitments to improving the future of the parishes, their record of involvement in community affairs, and their leadership potential.

                Additional information on Leadership St. Tammany can be obtained by calling the Southeastern St. Tammany Center at 985- 893-6251. Individuals interested in information on Leadership Tangipahoa should call the Southeast Louisiana Business Center at 985-549-3831.

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