Eleventh President’s Leadership Institute Graduating Class Honored

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The University of Olivet recognized 18 students as graduates of the 11th President’s Leadership Institute (PLI) class during a ceremony Wednesday, March 8 at the Battle Creek Country Club.

Launched in 2013, PLI was established to develop top leadership skills in Olivet’s students, as well as enable them to become the principal professional and community leaders of the future. The College collaborated with experienced professionals that specialize in business coaching and professional development to design a program catered specifically to Comets. Students with exemplary leadership potential are nominated for the program by the OC community.

To begin the program, students complete the behavior assessment known as the DiSC Assessment, categorizing students into four groups named after each letter representing their most prominent behavioral trait: dominance, inducement, submission and compliance. Recognizing the difference between a manager and a leader is another pinnacle aspect in PLI’s curriculum. Positive communication and addressing change are also lessons covered in PLI, paired with personalized leadership coaching sessions.

The final stage of the program, Putting Leadership In Action Team Projects, divides students into small groups to put their knowledge, skills and abilities into practice. Each group brainstorms projects that could improve the The University of Olivet community.

Eleventh President’s Leadership Institute Graduation Class

Logan Allen, Criminal Justice

Daniel Ballagh, Insurance and Risk Management

Rivkie Biritz, Psychology

Brielle Broderick, Media Production and Communication

Landen Cooley, Criminal Justice

Alexandra DeVault, Criminal Justice and Psychology

Bryce Gates, Criminal Justice

Da’Quarious Johnson, Business Management

Seth Kading, Business Marketing

Logan Kramer, Computer Science

Elisabeth McIntosh, Music

Spencer Murphy, Biology with Pre-Medicine

Jenna Pagano, Financial Planning

Chelsea Perry, Biology

Jade Smith, Psychology

Liberty Tetzlaff, Sports Psychology

Isabela Tijerina, Biology with Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Karley Wheeler, Biology with Pre-Medicine and Psychology


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