Presidential Emerging Leaders Program

The Presidential Emerging Leaders Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to help first-year students create lasting friendships, make meaningful connections across campus, and develop their leadership profiles. Selected students participate in personal leadership development, team building, skill-building sessions, and networking with campus influencers, including University President Troy Paino.

Participants spend the year immersed in various learning opportunities to explore what kind of leader they aspire to be.  Participation in this program will serve as a solid springboard to future engagement opportunities on and off-campus.

This program is open to all majors and requires no prior leadership experience or knowledge.

Acceptance into the program for the 2022-2023 academic year is now open! Interested candidates can click here to apply.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will discover the many opportunities to get involved in and around campus
  • Participants will explore what kind of leader they aspire to be 
  • Participants will be introduced to the various leadership opportunities available to them on campus.
  • Participants will reflect and learn more about their personal identities and their role in the community.

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For current participants, sessions for the spring semester start on Tuesday, January 11 and continue bi-weekly through Tuesday, April 19. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to complete our Fall 2021 Survey for current participants.