Welcome to the Leadership Studies Program 

LisaThis is the place where you can learn about the academic discipline of leadership through various theories and approaches, analyze the problems of leadership, develop skills, and practice being an effective leader.

Within the Leadership Studies program, you are engaged in experiential learning and application of theory and best practices in class, within community settings, and while on the job. The personal growth attained through a capstone Action Project experience paired with the advantages of a large university puts you in a variety of environments to interact with experienced and emerging leaders. This is the place where you can assist others to lead effectively and become an established leader yourself. To support your endeavors, Leadership Studies offers opportunities such as the Emma G. Noe Scholarship and the competitively selected Milan Puskar Leadership Scholars program to support you in your studies, internships, or outside-the-classroom activity that helps you develop as a leader.  These funds may also be used to study abroad, which is strongly encouraged for all students.

Join us as we dive into the study of research-based leadership theory, lessons learned from experienced leaders, help enterprises succeed, and serve others through the practice of inclusive leadership. Let WVU be the place to build your knowledge, skills, and record of achievement as an emerging leader with cultural relevance.


Lisa DeFrank-Cole

Director of the Leadership Studies Program