Posted: January 23, 2024

The Academy is a three-year leadership development opportunity for a select group of 30 first-year University Park students.

As Academy participants, 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, leading to sound action.

Through the Presidential Leadership Academy, the curricular and extracurricular opportunities available through the Academy leads 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 two-credit introductory seminar led by the President of the University.

Three information sessions, two virtual and one in-person, are scheduled for interested students:

  • Tuesday, January 30th - 7 pm - virtual - registration is required at this link
  • Wednesday, February 21st - 7 pm - virtual - registration is required at this link
  • Thursday, February 15th - 5 pm in-person in C-9 Atherton Hall

Interested students may apply for membership in the Academy or may be nominated by members of the university community. Nominations and applications are now open. Deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday, February 29, 2024, 5:00 pm eastern time and the application closes on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

You may complete the formal nomination or application here.

To apply students must:

  • currently be a first-year student
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.2 at the time of application
  • plan to be enrolled at University Park for second, third and fourth years

Students nominated for the Academy will be asked to complete the application process, which includes a current resume, two essay questions, and two letters of recommendation.

All questions and inquiries about nominations and applications may be directed to interim director, Lisa Ford at