The Ohio Township Association (OTA) awarded 20 Leadership Academy graduates with diplomas at this year’s annual Winter Conference, held at the Columbus Convention Center, Jan. 27-30. Jim Stubbins, a trustee from Chesterfield Township and Peggy Volkman, fiscal officer from Chesterfield Township, were among the graduates.
The Ohio Township Association Leadership Academy (OTALA) was created in 2003 to provide education to elected officials, township staff, employees and appointed individuals. Through the joint efforts of the Ohio Township Association, OSU Extension: Office of Community Development and Miami University’s Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs, the program offers courses designed to enhance the leadership and decision making skills of those involved in Ohio township government.
In order to complete the academy, all participants had to submit a registration form, attend the general workshop, which is offered at OTA conferences, participate in six of 10 elective courses and take part in the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) Annual Conference, held each year in the spring in Washington, D.C. or the OTA Federal Day Workshop held at the OTA officers in Blacklick, Ohio. All requirements must be met within three years of beginning the program.