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Abrina Schnurman-Crook
Executive Director
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-7488


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World-class. Leadership. Hollins.

For 10 years, Hollins University's Batten Leadership Institute has been Southwest Virginia's resource for leadership training.

The best way to learn leadership is to practice it—in small groups and workshops, in conflict and negotiation sessions, and through personal assessments. All of this provides a framework for transformational leadership development. The graduates of our programs credit their Hollins training with increasing their leadership capacity and with building their self-confidence and job success.


Choose your leadership path from the following programs:

For undergraduate women »

  • Certificate in Leadership Studies, a 20-credit program that has trained hundreds of students to be more effective in whatever they choose to pursue after graduation.

For graduate-level training »

  • Leadership concentration in our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, featuring a new partnership with the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

For professionals in the Roanoke region »

  • Executive Certificate in Leadership program for women, a unique combination of assessments, workshops, group experiences, readings, mentorship, and conflict and negotiation sessions provides a framework for transformational leadership development.
  • Cohort for Change for men and women, designed for executive- and senior-level professionals to engage in a deeper level of training.