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President's Leadership Society

At Columbia State, we believe that everyone has the potential to be a leader. With this in mind, the President’s Leadership Society was established.

The Leadership Society is a free training program focused on helping students develop and apply their unique leadership skills. During the course of the program, students will attend a retreat, enjoy exposure to the arts, participate in workshops and campus life, develop civic understanding, and give back to the community through service.

Who’s eligible?
To participate, a student must be currently enrolled in at least one credit hour, have completed not more than 18 credit hours, and complete a Leadership Program Application, via Adobe Sign. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please allow up to seven business days to receive a response.

What are the program requirements?
Students must attend an orientation and complete 12 approved activities or workshops prior to graduation. These include self-management and goal setting, civic and campus life events, cultural opportunities and community service. Click here for more detailed information about program requirements.

How much of a time commitment is the program?
One of the great things about the program is that you complete it at your own pace. Most workshops last about one hour. Your involvement in the program is spread over the time you are enrolled as a student until graduation.

What are the benefits of completing the program?
Through participation in workshops and campus activities, students will explore and develop their unique strengths and talents. Students who complete the program are recognized at graduation and on their transcripts, helping them stand out from other graduates. 

PLS Resources
Listing of  Community Service volunteer opportunities for students.

Students received the President’s Leadership Society medallion for completing all requirements of the leadership training program prior to graduation. Throughout the program, students attend a leadership retreat, enjoy exposure to the arts, participate in workshops and campus life, develop civic understanding and give back to the community through service. (Pictured, left to right): Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president, Faith Kennedy and Robert Perry Austbrooks. 
Faith Kennedy and Robert Austbrooks receives PLS medallion from Dr. Smith