Lou Holtz lends name to new program

October 09, 2013

ANGOLA, Ind. – Legendary football coach, ESPN analyst and Trine University trustee Lou Holtz has put his name and proven leadership style on Trine's Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) Program.

"Coach Holtz has been a friend and supporter of Trine University and we're proud to teach and follow his amazing leadership style in our MSL Program," said Earl D. Brooks II, Trine president. "His leadership abilities are visionary and we're eager to make our already strong program even better with input from him and the addition of new concentrations."

The leadership core courses feature the use and reading of Holtz's book "Winning Every Day." In addition, the curriculum follows Holtz's three roles that are deemed the cornerstones of effective, visionary and inspiring leadership: 1. Do right 2. Do the best you can 3. Show people you care. The book is one of several penned by Holtz that focus on successful strategies for life.

"That leadership style incorporates well with our School of Professional Studies because we pride ourselves on providing personal attention as we guide adult learners to the next chapter in their careers," said Nancy Steigmeyer, who became director of the MSL Program in early July. "The goal of the MSL Program is to offer real-world experience to ensure our graduates are work ready and able to solve challenges."

New concentrations in the MSL Program are business administration, finance and human resource management. Trine will also continue to offer concentrations in:

Biomedical regulatory affairs

Healthcare system studies

Instructional leadership – higher education

International studies

Nonprofit organizational studies

Sport Management

Strategic Foresight and Entrepreneurship

Sustainable and Environmental Management

"The new concentrations mesh well with the needs of regional employers," Steigmeyer said. "This program offers diversity and is accelerated with class schedules to meet the needs of working adults – it's a winning proposition for adults who wish to advance their careers."

And winning is one factor that sets Holtz apart. He's known for leading the storied Fighting Irish of Notre Dame football team to the 1988 national championship and compiling an overall record of 100-32-2 from 1986 to 1996. In 2009, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and he holds the Irish record for most games coached. In fact, he's second only to Knute Rockne in total victories.

In 2004, he joined ESPN as an analyst and commentator, a position he maintains today.

Holtz joined Trine's Board of Trustees in August 2011 and delivered the commencement address that May. "This is a top-notch institution, and I want to be a part of Trine′s future," Holtz said when he joined the Trine board.

For more information about Trine University's Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership Program, visit www.trine.edu or contact Steigmeyer at steigmeyern@trine.edu or 260.490.8219.

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