March 2, 2001

North County Program at Cal State San Marcos Grooms Business, Government, and Non-Profit Leaders

California State University San Marcos is looking for a few good leaders. Leadership 2001, the program promotes and produces capable leaders for North San Diego County, is accepting applications until March 15 to fill the program's 25 coveted spaces.

"Leadership 2001 seeks experienced and emerging business, government and community leaders who are active problem-solvers with a strong commitment to the future prosperity of North County," explains Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, president of Cal State San Marcos, where the program offered through the Extended Studies program. "The university supports this important program because we share the belief that the training and development of community leaders ensure a better quality of life for all of us."

Participants who are selected for this program improve their leadership skills in such areas as diversity, decision-making, consensus building and conflict resolution. Participants also build a powerful network of peers from the business, non-profit, and government sectors, while learning about the critical issues facing North County.

Leadership 2001 runs March 31 through May 19, meeting once a week for a four-hour seminar. Classes are held at the Cal State San Marcos campus for a nominal tuition fee. For an application or for more information, call the university's Extended Studies program at 760-750-4020.

Founded in 1986, and originally named Leadership 2000, the program has trained and graduated more than 200 leaders. The program furthers the idea that citizens can bring about change and build quality communities. It carries out that mission by training capable leaders for Northern San Diego County. Potential leaders participate in seminars promoting the development of skills essential to success as community leaders. Participants are grouped into action teams that investigate regional hot topics. Teams report their findings to community leaders and their reports become community resources. Alumni of the program include such local luminaries as Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler, retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Marc Moore, Daniels Cablevision Community and Public Relations Manager Philip Urbina, and Executive Director of Barrios Unidos Center for Community Leadership Manny Medrano.

Leadership 2001 is the legacy of the late Fran Aleshire who co-founded the program with Moore in 1986. Cal State San Marcos began offering the program through its College of Business Administration and Extended Studies department last year.

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