A Texas-wide initiative will bring 150 school district and campus leaders to Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business for one weekend every month between now and March to advance the administrators’ and educators’ leadership skills. The Jones School is partnering with Leadership Partners and the Texas Education Agency to provide the programming for the Executive Education Academy. Collectively, the 33 districts represented in the program’s three cohorts serve 21% of the 5 million students in the state.

Brent Smith (pictured below), senior associate dean for executive education and associate professor of management and psychology at Rice Business, is one of the Rice faculty involved with the academy, and he taught a kickoff session on “Leading Self” Oct. 4 in McNair Hall.

(Photos by Jeff Fitlow)