UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Creates New Leadership Center
Cementing its commitment to instilling leadership skills in its graduates, the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this month announced that it will create a new center to support leadership education.
Named in honor of the late North Carolina governor, the Luther H. Hodges Leadership Center will support and expand on the activities and programming associated with the Kenan-Flagler Leadership Initiative, an experience-based program launched in 2005 to foster leadership skills development among business school students.
“Luther Hodges is widely recognized as a North Carolina statesman and ethical leader whose life had global impact,” said James W. Dean Jr., UNC Kenan-Flagler dean, in a statement announcing the new center’s creation.
Hodges, a UNC alumnus, served as governor of North Carolina from 1952 to 1960 and as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Kennedy Administration. He also helped create Research Triangle Park, which has become a model of economic development and scientific advancement worldwide. The Hodges family has supported leadership education at Kenan-Flagler since the mid-1970s.
As part of the new Hodges Leadership Center, the Leadership Initiative will continue to pursue the mission set for it when it was established, namely, “developing MBA students as exceptional leaders who positively impact the organizations they lead and the communities they serve.”
The program introduces students to leadership principles both inside and outside the classroom and then gives them the opportunity to practice the principles in real-world situations and simulations – with feedback, reflection and replay.
According to Mindy Storrie, Kenan-Flagler director of leadership, the new center and the Hodges’ continuing support will bring enhanced leadership education to the entire UNC community.
“We will expand our leadership activities in the undergraduate BSBA, Master of Accounting and MBA for Executives Programs so that we can further develop the leadership capabilities of all UNC Kenan-Flagler graduates,” she said.