Tarleton adds new leadership department, academy

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STEPHENVILLE (December 1, 2015) — A new department at Tarleton State University offers a minor in Leadership Studies and will complement the applied learning experience of the university’s Texan Corps of Cadets when it is re-established next fall.

Initial funding for the new Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies comes from a $150,000 Texas Pioneer Foundation grant. The department is part of Tarleton’s nationally recognized School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies.

The minor in leadership is available to all Tarleton students regardless of their undergraduate pursuits and provides one of the most complete professional development experiences available in North Texas.

“This fully-integrated, interdisciplinary program of study fits hand-in-glove with Tarleton’s mission to develop well-educated leaders ready for the challenges of the 21st century,” said retired U.S. Air Force Col. Kenny Weldon, head of the new department and commandant of Tarleton’s Corps of Cadets. “Students who earn a minor in Leadership Studies will be more competitive in the job market and enjoy greater success in their careers.”

Dr. Alex del Carmen, executive director of Tarleton’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies, said the one-of-a-kind department allows students “to receive instruction by world-renowned leadership experts.”

A new John Tarleton Leadership Academy will provide an organizational link between academics and applied learning experiences for Corps of Cadets members. The new academy facilitates collaborative efforts between the Office of the Commandant, Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies, Department of Military Science, and student-led organizations to promote academic and student-life opportunities for cadets.

While the academy does not offer academic credit, it serves to develop leaders of character and to instill values essential for service and success in business, government and the military. Students explore leadership roles in their future contexts, develop an awareness of personal leadership styles and apply leadership skills.

Tarleton’s Corps of Cadets, which dates back to 1917, will open to students next fall. Students may join the corps without a military obligation; however, cadets who plan to pursue an active duty commission in the U.S. Army may apply to the traditional ROTC program as a corps member.


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