Presidential Leadership Academy nominations sought

January 14, 2013

Nominations are now being accepted for the 30 rising sophomores -- freshmen who will be sophomores next semester -- who will receive membership to the Presidential Leadership Academy.

Students admitted into the academy will be drawn from across the University. Penn State faculty and staff may nominate students for membership. 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. Interested students may apply for membership in the academy, or they can be nominated by members of the University community. Formal nominations can be completed at 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.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 11. Students nominated for the academy will be asked to complete the application process, which includes a resume, two essay questions and a letter of recommendation. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

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Last Updated January 15, 2013