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About the Program

Mission Statement
The Presidential Leadership Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to further develop leadership skills and promote a sense of community.

Original PLPs

The Presidential Leadership Program is designed to engage students in active learning that empowers them to "practice what we preach," says Bloomsburg University President Dr. Jessica S. Kozloff. In 1994 Dr. Kozloff came to BU with the idea to hone student leaders' skills beyond high school, throughout their college years. In 1996 the Bloomsburg University Foundation began funding 25 scholarships for freshmen who were acknowledged leaders in high schools and in their communities. Each recipient is offered the opportunity to participate in the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP) and the majority of students are able to arrange their schedules to do so. The Program's first director was Ms. Joan Lentczner, who served from 1996 - 2002. In the fall semester 1998, 11 of 25 PLP freshmen and three PLP sophomores became the first residents of the PLP living-learning community in Schuylkill Hall. This campus housing environmnet fosters leadership opportunities and encourages a sense of community among members. The Program's second director, Ms. Kathy Kollar-Valovage, served from 2002 to present. PLP students now incorporate four facets of involvement in their activity calendar each year: (*) events with the University President, (*) monthly community service projects, (*) monthly FUN activities, and (*) monthly educational workshops.


PLP provides an integrated, sequenced set of
programs to assist students in continuing their
own leadership development. Each role or activity
builds on the previous year, so students can
anticipate something new and exciting as well as
more challenging opportunities for personal growth.

Our annual service projects provide PLP members with opportunities to put their learning into practice as they reach out to help others.


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"Leadership development can be thought of
as an integration strategy by helping people
understand how to relate to others, coordinate
their efforts, build commitments, and develop
extended social networks by applying self
understanding to social and organizational imperatives."

D.V. Day, 2001



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