The George V. Voinovich Academy for Excellence in the Public Sector was established in 2016, with the hiring of the Academy’s Director, Col. Jay Johnson. After extensive discussions with public sector leaders throughout Ohio, Johnson offered the first in a series of bi-annual open enrollment trainings in 2017. Soon after, the City of Dublin and the Ohio EPA requested the Academy provide targeted, multi-session trainings for cohorts of leaders at various levels. Since then, the program has continued to grow, both in its range of workshops and number of training partners.

Contributing to this success is the strong reputation enjoyed by the Academy’s predecessor, the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI). Also housed within Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, ELI programs enrolled over 1,300 government and nonprofit professionals between 1998 – 2010. Although the Academy has developed its own structure, curriculum and areas of focus, past ELI participants will be pleased to know that some of the same faculty have been involved in the development of this new approach to public and nonprofit leadership.