The dean of Grantham’s Foundations Faculty participated in the program along with 10 others to learn more about civic engagement

GladstoneFLALenexa, Kan. — May 27, 2014A town is only as good as its citizens. In order to ensure a continually engaged community, Gladstone, Missouri, recently hosted its annual Future Leaders Academy, a program designed to give citizens an inside look at how municipal government works. Grantham University’s dean of foundations faculty, Chase Cookson, was among the most recent group of graduates.

While most graduates eventually go on to join Gladstone’s various boards and commissions, Cookson learned about the Future Leaders Academy after serving on the Environmental Management Advisory Committee (EMAC).

“I had initially expressed interest in joining the Future Leaders Academy before being appointed to EMAC,” Cookson reflected, “but after my appointment, Mayor (Brian) Hill strongly suggested that I continue to follow through with my interest. I’m glad that I did. As a student of business, I found the similarities between running a city and a business to be very interesting.”

Gladstone’s Future Leaders Academy runs from January to May every year. This year Cookson was one of 11 graduates who were recognized in a ceremony held by the city on May 12. In his role at Grantham, Cookson is responsible for the development and guidance of the university’s core education faculty members.

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Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).