Tarleton’s leadership academy receives Texas Pioneer Foundation grant


FORT WORTH (October 18, 2016) — Tarleton State University’s leadership academy has received a $45,000 grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation to support a leadership forum and speaker series.

The academy—known as the John Tarleton Leadership Academy—is part of Tarleton’s nationally recognized School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies. The academy combines academic course work and real-world experiences to cultivate skills such as critical thinking, communication, problem solving, time management and teamwork.

The academy offers a minor in Leadership Studies and provides the opportunity for all Tarleton students—regardless of undergraduate pursuits—to participate in the applied-learning experience offered as part of the university’s Texan Corps of Cadets. Future plans call for a certificate program in Leadership Studies designed to equip undergraduate and graduate students with the skills essential for success in today’s workplace.

The new John Tarleton Leadership Academy Distinguished Leader Program will provide three events annually in two formats—a Distinguished Leader Series, which will take place each fall, and Texan Leaders of Today, occurring each February and September.

The Distinguished Leaders Series will bring state and nationally recognized leaders to Tarleton, selected in concert with the strategic goals of the university. The Texan Leaders of Today program will host Tarleton alumni who currently hold significant positions within their organization or association to interact with students and faculty as they tell their story of leadership success.

“We are extremely grateful to the Texas Pioneer Foundation for its generous support and commitment to leadership development,” said Dr. Alex del Carmen, executive director of the criminology school. “The grant will allow Tarleton to provide a premier leadership forum for the region and state.”

“Students will learn how leadership relates to the overall decision-making processes of public and private enterprises as successful Tarleton graduates share their personal insights and unique experiences,” explained retired U.S. Air Force Col. Kenny Weldon, head of the academy and commandant of the Texan Corps of Cadets. “The grant will enhance the overall academic experience of students enrolled in the academy as well as corps and ROTC participants.”

For more information on Tarleton’s criminology school, visit www.tarleton.edu/criminology. To learn about the Texan Corps of Cadets, go to www.tarleton.edu/cadets.

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