Presidential Leadership Academy Call for Nominations

Posted: January 2, 2013

Established in spring 2009, the Academy is a three-year leadership development opportunity for a select group of students.

Through the Presidential Leadership Academy, students will develop leadership fundamentals to thrive in an environment in which multiple dimensions of an issue are explored, diverse viewpoints are welcomed and heard, and a fully informed and respectful discourse ensues that leads to sound action. The curricular and extracurricular opportunities available through the Academy lead to further development of critical thinking abilities necessary for leaders to implement decisions with sensitivity to the circumstances that led them and the flexibility to rethink decisions and even change course along the way.  A highlight of the Academy is a one-credit introductory seminar led by the President of the university.

Interested students may apply for membership in the Academy, or they can be nominated by members of the university community. Given your position on campus, and the likelihood that you may come in contact with current first-year students who may be interested in the Academy, I would like to invite you to nominate any current students you feel would benefit from this kind of experience. You may complete the formal nomination on this Web site:  -- click on link for 2013 Nominations.
Please note that the only requirements necessary for nominations are:

  • Current status as a first-year student
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, either in or outside the classroom
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2

Deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, February 11, 2013. Students nominated for the Academy will be asked to complete the application process, which includes a resume, one essay question, and one letter of recommendation. Students can apply until Monday, February 25, 2013.

Thank you for considering students for this exciting initiative and appreciate your continued support of the Academy. We look forward to introducing the incoming fall class in April. Please forward to any colleagues who are in contact with first year students.   Feel free to contact Melissa Doberstein, Director or call 814-863-4589 if you have questions.