Message from the Director


Welcome to the School of Strategic Leadership Studies! 

JMU’s School of Strategic Leadership Studies recognizes that now, more than ever, organizations are looking for leaders prepared to face emerging and evolving challenges with the right type of education, experience, and training. Our program combines practical learning about leadership with rigorous research and data analysis experience to ensure that students are able to meet the leadership needs of an evidence-based culture.

We provide doctoral-level training for individuals interested in leadership within K-12 education, postsecondary education, and nonprofit and community organizations, as well as for those individuals wanting an academic career.

We invite you to explore our website and review some of the courses you might take within the program, and review the unique opportunities we provide to interact with experts in your chosen field. 

In addition to our educational component, students assist in providing unique solutions for leadership and management issues within nonprofit and educational organizations. Our faculty has extensive experience in consulting, program evaluation, and leadership training.  Please call us to see in what ways our school can assist your organization.   

Susan Elaine Murphy, Ph.D.
Director & Associate Professor
School of Strategic Leadership Studies