Date of Award


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Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Susan Keller-Mathers

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Leadership and creativity are vital skills for everyone to have in what is now a very competitive and dynamic world. Whether in business or in personal life, these skills can help individuals reach their highest potential. Employers, especially, are finding it increasingly difficult to find employees with these important skills. Academic institutions are simply not preparing students (i.e., future employees) well enough. This is an issue that needs to be remedied as soon as possible. In this project, I am proposing a Center for Leadership and Creativity to be housed on the Western Oregon University campus in Monmouth, Oregon, under the advisement of the future Organizational Leadership Department. This center will address many of these needs for students, faculty, staff, and community members by providing resources, training, and potentially consulting services in leadership and creativity. The goal of this center will be to begin bridging this gap by preparing individuals with the necessary leadership and creativity skills to succeed in their future professional (and personal) endeavors. It is also the goal of this center to become a well-known, well-respected academic and practitioner resource—the first of its kind—in this region of the state of Oregon. The final outcome of this project will be a comprehensive, institution-branded, professional, business-style report to be presented to the Western Oregon University administration and other deciding bodies.