Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate of Cedar Rapids has been selected as one of 48 state policymakers from across the country to be a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for 2015.
Named for council founder Henry Wolcott Toll, the Toll Fellowship is a leadership development program for state government officials. Each year, the program brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive six-day intellectual boot camp.
Pate, who was elected to a second non-consecutive term as secretary of state last year, said the program offers him “an opportunity to interact with some of the best talent and leaders in the country. I hope that my participation will also be beneficial to my fellow participants.”
The program’s agenda includes a lineup of speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities.
“Continuing leadership development training is important for state officials because Iowans deserve the best,” Pate said. “When given the honor of serving, expanding our leadership skills is key. We should always strive to improve, and opportunities like Toll are very beneficial.”
This year’s program will be held Aug. 28 to Sept. 2 in Lexington.