Presidential Leadership Academy selects 30 new members


UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Thirty students from the Penn State University Park campus have been selected as new members of the University’s Presidential Leadership Academy and will begin their involvement in the three-year program this coming fall. Founded with a principal gift from Edward R. and Helen S. Hintz in 2009, the Presidential Leadership Academy (PLA) was established with the aim of developing critical thinking skills and educating students to understand problems in the meantime. wide taking into account the complexity and variability of the world. questions, decisions and life circumstances.

Seventeen women and 13 men make up this new class with a range of interests and activities that include student government and leadership associations, civic and charitable programs, athletics, music and participation in societies. academic and discipline-specific. The PLA class of 2015 includes representatives from 10 of Penn State’s undergraduate colleges, 21 students from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, two from Virginia and Maryland, and one from Illinois, Nevada, New York, United ‘Oklahoma and students from Paraguay and India. Eight students in this new class are fluent in at least two languages.

Each student brings unique experiences and perspectives to the Presidential Leadership Academy and will interact with their classmates as well as members of the PLA during their second and third years of the program.

“We want our class to be diverse in every way: major, background, where they’re from and ethnicity, because we want to have a dynamic discussion in the classroom,” said Melissa Doberstein, director of the Presidential Leadership Academy. “We were looking for students who are committed to developing their leadership skills, who can think on their feet, who can think internally, and who are aware of current events, politics and global and campus issues. “

In addition to the program courses, students attend leadership seminars, engage in community programs, and participate in fully funded field trips scheduled each academic semester to give students a broader perspective on social issues. , political and environmental. University President Eric Barron teaches a weekly seminar in the third year of the student program with specialist classes led by Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady and Doberstein, as well as a critical thinking course . The last year ends with a synthesis experience and the creation of an e-portfolio.

The Presidential Leadership Academy fosters an environment that promotes and develops core values ​​for potential leaders, including civility, philanthropy, respect for diversity, and student engagement. Within this university community of students, faculty and administrators, multiple dimensions of issues are explored, diverse perspectives are encouraged and heard, and a fully informed and respectful discourse ensues that leads to wise action.

More than 160 students have expressed interest in being part of the PLA class of 2015. About 60 people moved on to the interview portion of the process, with the last 30 being selected after a review of their academic achievements and performance, and of course. evaluation of their interviews.

In addition to applications submitted by students, faculty and staff at Penn State may also nominate qualified students to become members of the Presidential Leadership Academy. Students must have a GPA of 3.2 or above and submit a current resume with on-campus or external leadership activities, provide two letters of reference, one from a faculty member, a member staff or a Penn State advisor and one regarding the outside activities of someone such as a coach, mentor or supervisor. Two trials are required with subjects to be provided at a later date. Applications must be submitted in January of each year and applications must be submitted in early February. For more information on Penn State’s Presidential Leadership Academy, visit The new class of Presidential Leadership Academy 2015 includes:

Abigail Boulanger, Norman, Oklahoma РCollege of Agricultural SciencesJean Barczynski, Wexford РCollege of EngineeringSarah Bastien, State College РCollege of Liberal ArtsPeter Chan, Pittsburgh РSmeal College of BusinessZacharie Cohen, Warrington РSmeal College of BusinessCandice Crutchfield, Woodbridge, Virginia РCollege of Liberal ArtsAlejandro Cuevas, Cuidad del Este, Paraguay РCollege of EngineeringMadison Day, Bushwood, Maryland РCollege of Health and Human DevelopmentErika Exton, Horesham РCollege of Health and Human DisordersBrenna Fisher, Manassas, Virginia РCollege of Liberal ArtsRachel Fleischer, Las Vegas, Nevada РCollege of Liberal Arts / College of Arts and ArchitectureAlayna kennedy, Fourtown РCollege of EngineeringKelsey kretzer, Orland Park, Illinois РCollege of Communications / College of Arts & ArchitectureCaleb Kwok, New York, New York РSmeal College of BusinessHanna Leonard, Blue Bell РCollege of Health and Human DevelopmentAlexandre mccollom, Reamstown РSmeal College of BusinessMarta Millar, State College РCollege of Liberal ArtsIndigo Murray, Tobyhanna РCollege of Liberal ArtsStella Murray, Bryn Mawr РCollege of Liberal Arts / College of Arts and ArchitecturePareek Summit, Bensalem РCollege of EngineeringAkshilkumar Patel, Audubon (India) РEberly College of ScienceBrent Rice, Quakertown РSmeal College of Business / College des arts liberalsMatthieu Racine, Havertown РDivision of Undergraduate StudiesAdam rutter, York РCollege of EngineeringAlexander shockley, Snow Hill, Maryland РCollege of Liberal Arts / College of Health and Human DevelopmentTessa Sontheimer, Gettysburg РCollege of Liberal ArtsRhea Sullivan, Landisville РEberly College of SciencesMadison Taylor, Pittsburgh РEberly College of ScienceIsabelle Teti, Pine Grove Mills РCollege of Liberal ArtsFr̩d̩ric zheng, State College РSmeal College of Business


Kevin E. Boling