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Learning to Lead

Dr. Susan R. Komives, an expert on student leadership, was welcomed by the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University as the 2013-14 Beideman Visiting Scholar.

“I am so impressed with the values, mission-driven institution I found at Widener -- that believes in engaging with the community around it,” Komives said. Widener is a place, she said, that develops students “to be leaders in their world and their community.” 

Komives, professor emerita in the Student Affairs Program at the University of Maryland, met and conducted workshops with university leaders and with the team responsible for the leadership goal of the university’s strategic plan. Her Widener Invited Lecture was on the subject of “Leadership as a Way of Being.”

Widener faculty and members of the professional staff “are coming together to figure out how a student learns leadership as an outcome of college,” Komives said.

“Widener offers many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and competencies,” said Elizabeth A. Housholder, assistant dean for civic engagement. Those include Project Lead, a five-day leadership program for first-year students in August; service-learning experiences; student organizations; and other extracurricular activities.