ARC Names Chandler Sagal Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow

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Chandler Sagal

Appalachian Regional Commission named Chandler Sagal, director of Grants and Development at Allegany College of Maryland, to participate in the 2021-2022 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute. Sagal is a 2016 graduate of ACM where he is also an adjunct faculty member. 


Sagal Will Represent Maryland in Intensive Regional Leadership Development Program

CUMBERLAND, Md. (Oct. 5, 2021) – Appalachian Regional Commission named Chandler Sagal, director of Grants and Development at Allegany College of Maryland, to participate in the 2021-2022 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute.  As an Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow, Sagal will participate in an extensive, nine-month series of skill-building seminars featuring regional experts, peer-to-peer learning, and case study analysis. The program begins virtually in October and culminates with the Class of 2021-2022's graduation in July 2022. 

“I am honored to congratulate the 2021-2022 class of Appalachian Leadership Institute fellows. These phenomenal Appalachians are the driving force of change in their communities,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. “The work of this new class of fellows – and the ones who came before – gives me hope to the future of our region and is a testament to all that can be accomplished when Appalachians work together.”

Sagal will work directly with public policy, community development, education, investment, and other professionals to: 

  • Identify and implement best practices and strategies to inspire positive change in their communities;
  • Build a robust network of leaders across the Region;
  • Integrate community assets into long-last economic development strategies; and 
  • Appreciate the diversity and commonalities of the 13 states in the Appalachian Region.

Upon completion of the program, Sagal will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future. He was selected via a competitive application process. ARC received more than 115 qualified applications for the 2021-2022 Appalachian Leadership Institute class. 

Sagal is a 2016 graduate of Allegany College of Maryland where he is also an adjunct faculty member. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Frostburg State University. Sagal is a Higher Education graduate student at West Virginia University. A graduate of Leadership Allegany, he resides in LaVale, Maryland, with his spouse, Sarah, a coordinator of Academic Assessment at ACM.

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional leadership training program developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact. 

About the Appalachian Regional Commission 

The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. 

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