Richard J. Winkel, Jr.
There is an urgent need for a new generation of public leaders who are ready, willing and able to run Illinois State and local governments. Meeting this need is the core of our mission.
We are the Office of Public Leadership (OPL). OPL is a specialized study center of the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA). We have a long history of producing high-quality leadership programs for elected and appointed state and local leaders and staff. Since 1993, hundreds of our leadership program participants have become UI alums.
OPL’s participants learn from our cadre of extraordinary University of Illinois and IGPA faculty and expert practitioners. We design leadership programs to bridge the gap between the academic world of research and complex policy analysis and the practical world of running government and making policy decisions in real time.
OPL builds opportunities peer-to-peer mentoring, information exchanges and sharing, and networking for participants whose goal it is to serve the public as leaders.
Our current leadership education and development programs are LEAD Illinois, UCCI Leadership Academy, and the Municipal Clerks of Illinois Institute and Academy. OPL leadership program graduates are UI alums who continue to exchange ideas about governing and leadership by joining other alums year-round in the Leadership Forum, Leadership Book Dialogues, Learning Laboratory and LEAD Illinois Blog.