Three students accepted for Presidential Leadership Academy

April 16, 2010

Three students from the College of Communications have been selected as members of the second class for the Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State, a three-year experience that will enable them to become leaders in their respective fields in a changing and challenging world.

The initiative, spearheaded by President Graham Spanier, seeks to ensure that the next generation of leaders develops the critical thinking skills necessary to make decisions based on all angles of a complicated issue. The Presidential Leadership Academy welcomed its inaugural class of 30 sophomores during the 2009-10 academic year.

Students selected for the academy take a first-semester seminar taught by Spanier, participate in several field experiences, take additional courses that integrate the goals of the academy and complete a senior year capstone project.

Rising sophomores from the College of Communications selected for the 2010-11 class were: Sara Battikh, from Santiago, Panama; Nicole Colon-Quintana, from Orocovif, Puerto Rico; and Josh Wimble, from Emmaus, Pa. They will be welcomed into the academy during an April 22 reception, and will begin fully participating in activities at the start of the fall semester for the 2010-11 academic year.

The academy was made possible by a $5 million gift to the University in 2009 from alumni Edward and Helen Hintz, a couple that are among the University's most involved and generous benefactors.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated April 16, 2010