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J.W. Fanning Institute, University of Georgia

  • J.W. Fanning Institute, University of Georgia
  • University of Georgia
    1240 South Lumpkin Street
  • Athens, GA 30602
  • (706) 542-1108
  • 1982
  • Jason Bedgood
  • Program Operations Coordinator - Youth Development
  • (706) 542-5266

Program Description

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a unit of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education. Founded in 1982, the Institute is named for UGA's first Vice President for Services, Dr. J.W. Fanning. His legacy of leadership development is embodied in the Institute's dedication to developing leaders of all ages, in every community, from all walks of life.

Fanning Institute faculty and staff design and deliver programs and services in four primary areas of focus.

Community Leadership Development

Leadership creates positive change in communities. Fanning's community leadership programs help develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed and action-oriented leaders. Participants from diverse backgrounds and different perspectives enhance their existing leadership skills and gain a better understanding of themselves and their roles as community leaders so that they can ultimately impact community vitality.

Nonprofit and Professional Association Leadership Development

We develop leaders throughout the nonprofit sector. Fanning develops curriculum for nonprofit executives, boards, staff, and volunteers on topics relevant to nonprofit and professional association leadership. Fanning also provides strategic planning and technical assistance to nonprofits on a number of topics.

Youth Leadership Development

We are committed to developing youth as leaders and enhancing their access to higher education. Our youth leadership development focus is on preparing young people to meet the challenges of transitioning to adulthood through a variety of programming options that foster youth leadership and community engagement.

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Fanning offers leadership development services that can help transform conflict into previously unimagined solutions. Fanning offers training and support services in mediation, conflict resolution, dialogue, and other alternative dispute resolution processes so that individuals will have the necessary leadership skills to address barriers and transform conflict in their communities and organizations.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%