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Contact: Jo Brosius
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Oct. 25, 2010

Prestigious State LeadershipProgram Application Process Now Open

CSG's Leadership Program Application Process Goes Paperless


LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellowship Programis now taking applications. Each year the leadership program brings 40 of the nation's top state government officials from all three branches to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp. Past participants include current governors, a member of the President's cabinet and numerous other state government leaders.
Now the prestigious leadership program for state officials is going paperless. CSG's Henry Toll Fellowship Program launched an online application and recommendation tool today to streamline the selection process.
The interactive tool includes an online application form and allows the applicant to either upload all supporting documents themselves and/or supply CSG with e-mails for the individuals nominating or recommending them. CSG sends an e-mail with a link to those people, who can upload the letters of support.
"Toll Fellows, along with our CSG regional leadership programs, is arguably one of the most important resources CSG can offer state officials," said Krista Rinehart, Toll Fellows program director. "Tolls offers officials the opportunity to improve their own personal leadership style and skill set while also making connections with other officials across all three branches of state government and from around the country.We have been told year in and year out that the knowledge gleaned and relationships built at Tolls are life-changing and last a lifetime."
"Toll Fellows is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from members of all three branches of government. As a judicial member, the experience was especially worthwhile. Tolls left me energized--one of the most worthwhile experiences of my life," said Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, a Toll Fellow from the class of 2004.
Each year, an advisory committee reads through more than 100 applications for the leadership program. From the robust pool of applicants, 40 participants are selected--10 from each region. Two alternates are also chosen per region.
"I firmly believe the Toll Fellowship Program is an excellent resource for anyone hoping to better their leadership capability as well as build their character," said North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, a Toll Fellow from the class of 1992.
The Toll Fellowship Program is named in honor of Henry Wolcott Toll, CSG's founding father and a Colorado state senatorfrom 1922 until 1930. Toll founded the precursor to CSG, the National Association of State Legislators, in 1925. He compiled the first list of all thelegislators in the nation and invited them to jointhe association.
His association convened the first assemblyof state legislators from numerous states to resolve tax conflicts among states. The association formed CSG in 1933 and Toll directed it until 1938. Henry Toll--a tirelessvisionary, an innovative champion of state government, a courageous opponent of racism and a spirited statesman--was, in other words, a leader.
For more on the Toll Fellowship Program, contact Krista Rinehart at (859) 244-8249
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