Center for Creative Leadership Selected as New National Program Office for RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows

    • April 12, 2010

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is pleased to announce that after an intensive search, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Greensboro, N.C., has been selected as the new national program office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program. The Center for Creative Leadership is ranked among the world's top providers of executive education by Business Week and is ranked sixth worldwide in the 2009 Financial Times annual executive education survey.

Since 1997, the Executive Nurse Fellows program office at the Center for Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has produced more than 250 senior executive nurse leaders. From finding innovative ways to make health reform a reality in the community and at the bedside to transforming nurse education by addressing the nurse and nurse faculty shortage, these nurses are leading change in America’s health care system.

“We are proud of the program that UCSF has built, and we are excited about the unique expertise that the new program directors from the Center for Creative Leadership and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing will bring to the development of exceptional senior executive nurses in the years to come,” said Maryjoan D. Ladden Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., senior program officer and alumna of the Executive Nurse Fellows program.

Linda Cronenwett, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean emerita and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and David Altman, Ph.D., executive vice president for research, innovation, and product development at CCL, began their work with the program on April 1, 2010.

The three-year fellowship program is focused on expanding the role of nurses to lead change in the U.S. health care system. It provides extensive leadership development for nurses in executive roles from a variety of fields, such as public or community health, science and research, corporate health, academia, government, or military health service. A key part of program participation is the development of an innovative initiative to improve health care delivery in the fellow’s organization or community.

Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit educational institution to help clients cultivate creative leadership, the Center for Creative Leadership has helped clients unlock difficult challenges through an array of programs and services. The Center’s efforts allow them to attract the most accomplished faculty and staff, and secure its position as the world's preferred resource on the understanding, practice and development of leadership.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.

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