Psychology chair selected to N.C. Rural Center’s Homegrown Leaders program

Dr. Laura Lunsford, professor and chair of psychology at Campbell University, was selected for the competitive North Carolina Rural Center’s Homegrown Leaders training program scheduled for Feb. 24-26.  

Homegrown Leaders is a three-day program where participating rural leaders will gain an understanding of the importance of using a regional lens for developing long-term, sustainable solutions to common problems and for capitalizing on innovative opportunities for growth. Participants will also learn and apply skills needed to address the critical issues of racial equity, leadership and economic development.

“Graduates of our Homegrown Leaders program will join our network of leadership alumni, which consists of alumni from all 100 counties in North Carolina,” said N.C. Rural Center Director of Leadership Bronwyn Lucas.

N.C. Rural Center President Patrick Woodie said leadership development has been a core part of the center’s work for over 30 years. 

“And now more than ever, our rural communities need leaders who can connect and collaborate across their regions,” he said. 

Lunsford said she is honored be selected in this year’s cohort. 

“This experience will deepen the work I do with emerging Rural Leaders at Campbell University,” she said.“Rural leadership is at the heart of Campbell University’s mission.”