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C of I introduces Executive Management Series

The College of Idaho’s Community Learning program will expand this year with the Executive Management Series, a new selection of courses and workshops dedicated toward developing leadership skills within local businesses, from rising young supervisors to experienced business leaders.

Formed as a collaboration between the College’s Department of Business and Accounting alongside its Community Learning and Special Programs, the Executive Management Series will feature two unique courses, including a “Supervision Boot Camp” offered to both the general public and for private businesses and a “Developing Managerial Effectiveness” five-day workshop this year from Nov. 5-10 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

“It appears to be a program that is needed around the valley,” said Ron Melchiorre, one of the instructors of the series and husband to C of I Business Professor Marilyn Melchiorre. “I thought it would be a good idea to bring this to C of I because of how well it has worked in other places around the country.”

With over 35 years of experience in program development and teaching, Melchiorre has led successful business workshops through colleges around the country, including Missouri State University and Western Illinois University. When the C of I began to develop plans to expand its special programs, Melchiorre suggested his boot camps, which walk both new and experienced supervisors through a pair of two separate three-day workshops.

“Boot camp is for new supervisors or someone who has been a supervisor for a while, but hasn’t had the chance to have any supervisory training,” Melchiorre explained. “For a person who has been a supervisor for a while, it’s a chance to see what’s new and to update their skills.”

Melchiorre said the boot camps are hands-on for the attendees, featuring exercises in communication, teambuilding, problem solving and ethics. Each camp covers unique skills, with the first camp focusing on the roles of leaders and the second class, usually offered a few weeks following the first, focusing on the responsibilities of leaders.

Aside from the boot camps, the College also plans to offer its “Developing Managerial Effectiveness” workshop annually. This year’s inaugural DME will be held over five days in Sun Valley this November and will feature presentations and lessons taught by some of the country’s most experienced and credentialed business leaders, including M.B.A. professors, financial analysists and high-profile business consultants.

Described as the next step in supervision for rising leaders, the five-day program will allow participants to examine their management and leadership strategies with an eye toward improvement, with presentations and workshops offered in finance, ethics and corporate innovation.

Melchiorre said he hopes that the DME will become an annual offering through the C of I and fill a needed niche in the community.

“We’ve been talking about doing this for over a year,” Melchiorre said. “It takes a very specific group of faculty to pull it off. You have to have people with the right academic background and couple that with practical experience. I’m excited to say that this faculty is about as good as you can get.”

Rebecca Wilhite, Director of Special Programs for the C of I, said she has seen significant interest from local businesses since the series was announced, and she is excited to see interest continue to develop in the program.

“This will bring the leaders attending the workshops a deeper level of understanding that they can bring back to their organizations,” Wilhite said.

For more information about the Executive Management Series, visit or contact Rebecca Wilhite at [email protected].

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit