Larry Van De Valk is a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Global Development at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. His primary role in the department is to serve as the executive director of the Lead NY Program, a highly regarded leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agriculture and natural resource sectors. He also teaches LEAD 3100 - Foundations in Leadership; a required course in the CALS undergraduate leadership minor. He serves on the facilitation team for LEAD21, a leadership development program for faculty members in the nation’s land grant university system. Additionally, Larry is a sought-after consultant and facilitator to a number of organizations in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, team building and leadership development. Larry earned a PhD in Adult and Extension Education, MA in Teaching and BS in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, all from Cornell, as well as an AAS in Forestry from Paul Smiths College. He has published several articles in refereed journals, and he conducted research in the areas of leadership development theory, program evaluation, and the social capital building effect of leadership development initiatives. Previously, he was a Professor of Agricultural Engineering Technology at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. Larry is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leaders Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award.
Excellence in Community Development Programming - Team National Award Winner, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. (2017).
Excellence in Community Development Programming - Team Northeast First Place Award, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. (2017).
Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award, International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leaders. (2009).
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, State University of New York. (2006).
Presentations and Activities
Van De Valk, L. J. (Presenter and Organizer), IP-CALS Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows Program, Teambuilding Retreat, Croghan, NY (September 4 – 6, 2019).
Team Building Workshop. Children Science Center Kenya Team Building Training. December 2018. Children Science Center. Nairobi, Kenya.
Elements of Engagement:Building Civic and Community Engagement Through a Statewide Leadership Development Program. ILA Annual Meeting. October 2018. International Leadership Association. West Palm Beach, FL.
Leadership Competency Card Sort: Modelling Active Leadership Learning. IAPAL Annual Meeting. September 2017. Nuffield Australia. Darwin, Australia.
My Leadership Style. Generation Next2 Leadership Conference. March 2017. Farm Credit East. Albany, NY.
From Concept Map to Logic Model: Implications for Program Evaluation and the Practice of Leadership Development. ALE Annual Meeting. July 2012. Association of Leadership Educators. Key West, FL.
Ph D, Adult and Extension Education, Cornell University, 2010
MAT, Education, Cornell University, 1989
BS, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1987
AAS, Forestry, Paul Smiths College, 1985
In addition to curriculum design, management and delivery for the monthly seminars of the LEAD New York Program (2001 – present), Larry also conducts leadership-related workshops on a consultancy basis for a variety of stakeholder groups, both internal and external to Cornell University (locally, nationally and internationally). Most of these workshops are related to teambuilding, leadership assessments (e.g. MBTI, TKI, multi-rater assessments) and leadership development, communication skills, conflict management, organizational change and strategic planning, meeting management and/or effective board governance. Larry also serves on the annual forum program planning committee for the NYS Agricultural Society, and consults with other industry organizations on their educational, professional development and capacity building needs. He also serves on the facilitation team for LEAD21, a national leadership development program for faculty and extension staff from the land grant university system.
Larry teaches a required and highly rated leadership fundamentals course in the CALS undergraduate leadership minor. Students routinely comment that it was one of their favorite courses in their undergraduate career, and unlike most other courses they have taken in college. It is highly participatory and reflective, building skills and habits that he hopes they will continue to use throughout their lifelong leadership development journey.
He also serves as a guest lecturer in a number of different courses throughout the university.
LEAD 3100: Foundations in Leadership
This course satisfies the Tier II requirement for the CALS Leadership Minor. The course frames leadership as a particular way of approaching life, one that is essential to both personal fulfillment and career effectiveness. The course begins with the inner work of a leader’s personal development and then explores how leaders work with and through others to enhance their influence. The course is intended to get the student started on an intentional, reflective leadership journey. By developing a fundamental understanding of leadership principals, students can use this foundational knowledge to craft their personal leadership development path for the remainder of their Cornell experience. Successful completion of the course does not represent and end to leadership studies, but rather a beginning of a lifelong leadership journey that will serve them well both personally and professionally.
Van De Valk, L.J. (2001 – present). Cultivating Leadership (Editor – LEAD New York newsletter), Cornell University.
Van De Valk, L. J., Constas, M. A. (2010). A Methodological Review of Research on Leadership Development and Social Capital: Is There a Cause and Effect Relationship?. Adult Education Quarterly, 61 (1), 73-90.
Van De Valk, L. J., Trochim, W. M. (2010). Identifying Constructs in Leadership Development. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 14 (2), 93-99. - Not available online
Van De Valk, L. J. (2008). Leadership Development and Social Capital: Is There a Relationship?. JOLE: Journal of Leadership Education, 7 (1), 47-64.
LeadNY Executive Director Larry Van De Valk reflects on the value of leadership development and professional training as the 35 year old program recruits its 19th class. LeadNY is for committed leaders in the agriculture and food industries who...
LeadNY, a pioneering training program for mid-career professionals, provides intensive one- or two-year programs to improve leadership skills, self-awareness, issues analysis, critical thinking and civic engagement. Based at Cornell University’s...