Lira, Leonard (Len)

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Dr. Lira was the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at the Army University.  He has over 20 years of public service with direct public management and leadership experience.  Ten of those years include teaching and administrating professional military education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level at two of the nation’s top professional military education institutions; the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the US Army Command and General Staff College, Army University at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Dr. Lira completed a 27-year Army career as a Colonel and an Army Strategist.  Throughout his career, he has managed and led organizations ranging in size from 15 to 32,000 personnel, providing direct supervision for organizations containing up to 50 civilian and military personnel. He has supervised the management of programs with budgets ranging from 5,000 to over 79.6 million dollars in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments. His expertise includes strategic planning, management, and implementation, organizational change and innovation, and performance management.

As Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, Dr. Lira led his organization through both organizational change and innovative developments, by bringing three separate academic units together under the center.  This process included simultaneously transforming one academic unit, merging two separate academic units, and creating a new academic unit to create the Army University’s Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence.  He led the Army University’s effort to develop an end-to-end faculty development program that relies on internationally and nationally recognized competency standards and included faculty recognition and credentialing processes. He has led other Army University initiatives to include developing competency driven, outcomes based core curriculum, gender integration learning products for Army PME institutions, and learning science and innovation efforts to establish the learner centric and experiential learning process of the Army Learning Model. Additionally, he worked on the strategy and development work group for the Army University Strategy and Vision.

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