Leadership Certificate Program


GC students learn the principles of effective leadership by studying leadership models and ideas, acquiring hands-on leadership practice, assessing and building leadership strengths and abilities, reflecting on the past leadership experiences, pursuing present leadership opportunities, and preparing for the future leadership challenges.

The LCP is a year-long program experience completed by students as a cohort. Participation runs fall through spring of an academic year, and interested students must gain acceptance to the program through an application process. Rising sophomore, junior and senior students from all disciplines are invited to apply.

Accepted students take LEAD 2010: Principles of Leadership I during the fall semester of their participation and LEAD 2011: Principles of Leadership II during the spring. Students must be willing and able to participate in leadership and professional development events and activities throughout the year, some of which may take place outside of regular class times, and they must be committed to maintaining good Academic Standing and abiding by the GC Honor Code.

Program activities include:

  • Leadership courses (including reflection and assessment exercises, team-based initiatives, leadership workshops and presentations given by guest facilitators and speakers, a leadership practicum project, a personal philosophy of leadership capstone presentation, a portfolio of leadership experiences, etc.)
  • Challenge-course programs
  • Community-based service projects
  • Leadership conferences
  • Leadership forums with visiting executives
  • Discussions on leadership concepts and community, national and global issues
  • Professional and career development workshops, assessment and coaching
  • Info sessions on leadership opportunities at GC
  • And more…

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate at a closing ceremony held at an end-of-the-year recognition ceremony and a medallion to be worn at graduation.


Application deadlines and instructions will be posted by January 11, 2016.


If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact:

John W. Bowen | Coordinator of Leadership Programs
Center for Student Success | Lanier Hall 220
(478) 445-1227 | john.bowen@gcsu.edu | CBX 128