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Jolly named director of leadership programs at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: August 10, 2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.  – Adjunct Professor Jim Jolly has been named the director of leadership programs at Lawrence Technological University. He is responsible for the four-year leadership curriculum for all undergraduate students.

The program integrates leadership principles into LTU’s curriculum for all four years of undergraduate study. The university’s Office of Leadership Programs oversees all academic and extracurricular programs that are dedicated to leadership education and development, and community service and involvement.

The goal is to ensure that all LTU students develop their leadership skills with an emphasis on character, integrity, and professionalism.

Jolly joined Lawrence Tech in 2011 when he taught business law to students of University High School, the college preparatory charter school created by LTU and Ferndale Public Schools. He taught several undergraduate courses during the past academic year, including Leadership Models and Practice, and now will teach business law, English composition, and Introduction to Leadership, Research and Ethics.

Along with the Lawrence Tech faculty Jolly will redevelop each leadership course with an emphasis on leadership, research, and ethics.

“I enjoy the interaction with students and I am excited about where we can take the leadership program in the future,” he said.
Jolly brings experience in both politics and law to his new position. While earning his degree in American Studies with minors in political science and comparative religion at Western Michigan University, he had internships with U.S. Sen. Carl Levin’s office in Washington, D.C., and with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in South Carolina.

In 2008, he earned his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He was a law clerk for 47th District Court Judge Marla Parker and a law clerk and court officer for 16th District Court Judge Kathleen McCann.

After passing the Michigan Bar Exam, he was appointed a magistrate in 16th District Court where he presided over criminal and civil cases for four years. He resigned from his judicial post in order to take his new position at Lawrence Tech.

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Bloomberg BusinessWeek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 20 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.