Tarleton School of Criminology adds new leadership program

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FORT WORTH (July 1, 2015) — Tarleton State University adds a new leadership program—Texan Pioneer Leadership Academy—to its offerings next spring. The new program is made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation to Tarleton’s nationally recognized School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies.

The new leadership certification program is available to all Tarleton students regardless of their undergraduate pursuits. Students must complete 12 credit hours of university-recognized leadership coursework, including a real-life work experience, and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average to receive certification.

“Tarleton’s Texan Pioneer Leadership Academy will offer one of the most complete professional development experiences available in North Texas,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “This fully-integrated, interdisciplinary certification program fits hand-in-glove with the university’s mission to develop well-educated leaders ready for the challenges of the 21st century. We have every confidence that the academy will become a national model for other universities as they create their own leadership programs.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Texas Pioneer Foundation for the seed funds that will allow us to begin this new leadership program,” said Dr. Alex del Carmen, executive director of Tarleton’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies. “The program will enhance the academic experience of students, allowing them to learn from professors as well as community partners in areas outside their own fields of expertise.

“Students who successfully complete the program will be more competitive in the job market and enjoy greater success in their careers,” he explained. “More than 30 students already have expressed interest in the program.”

Grant money from the Texas Pioneer Foundation will be used to hire qualified leadership experts to teach development classes and to secure additional funding to sustain the program.

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.

To learn more about Tarleton’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies, visit www.tarleton.edu/criminaljustice.

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