Presidential Leadership Program

Presidential Leadership Program logoMission Statement

Penn College provides opportunities for students to explore leadership theory, to develop a personal philosophy on leadership and to gain skills which are an integral part of the holistic student learning experience. An environment that encourages such growth is created through various experiential learning activities including workshops, retreats and community service programs; all of which are facilitated by other students, faculty, staff and community members. Through participation in leadership programs, students will engage in experiences that promote the understanding of self, the value of teamwork and the responsibility of serving as productive leaders in society.

Who is eligible to apply?Year Two student participating in a ropes course

Any student with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 who can demonstrate sincere commitment and interest in the program is eligible to apply.

How to apply?

Students can find the application on the portal or at the CC Information desk at the start of each fall semester. The deadline to apply is at the beginning of October.

Details about the program:

The Penn College Presidential Leadership Program is the College's comprehensive student development program, which provides fun and educational opportunities for students to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Each year of the program is structured around a leadership theory which are described below.

Year 1: Social Change Model of Leadership Development, Higher Education Research Institute, (1996)

Leadership educators and scholars were brought together and developed a model of leadership designed to “emphasize clarification of values, the development of self-awareness, trust, and the capacity to listen and serve others, and through collaborative work to bring about change for the common good” (p. 11).

Year 2: The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner (1987)

Kouzes and Posner asked managers from different fields to explain their very best leadership experience. From these interviews, they identified five leadership practices common to those experiences. This approach is accessible to students because of its practicality, encouraging students to engage in specific behaviors more frequently.


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