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Center for Creative Leadership

Current CCL President
John Alexander
In early 1999, the SOHP completed a detailed oral history examination of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), founded in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1970 by the Smith Richardson Foundation "to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide." Now celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the Center has grown to become an internationally recognized leader in behavioral science research, executive development, and leadership education. Without peer in its field, CCL today has branch offices in Colorado, California, and Brussels; revenues in excess of $50 million; and more than four hundred employees. Such success and influence merit scholarly attention. In the series, we sought to understand CCL's growth as a not-for-profit institution, influence as a research center on the emerging behavioral science fields of creativity and leadership, and the impact achieved via its popular leadership training programs, assessment tools, and simulations.

Directed jointly by SOHP administrative officer Beth Millwood and associate director Joseph Mosnier, the series included thirty interviews. Millwood and Mosnier secured the personal narratives, perspectives, and memories of a broad array of Center staff, Smith Richardson Foundation board members with key roles in the Center's creation and subsequent governance, CCL clients, and others. As with all SOHP research, these materials will be archived for future scholarly use at the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where they will augment the SOHP interview collection. The deposit of the CCL materials is pending.

The Southern Oral History Program
Center for the Study of the American South
Love House and Hutchins Forum
410 East Franklin St., CB# 9127, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9127
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