The Hollingsworth Leadership Excellence Program took significant steps this year to better position itself for future growth and impact. Under the leadership of first-year Director Dr. David Keller, the program was renamed “The Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership” (HCEL). This transformation to a Center positions the HCEL to expand programs in the coming years and truly become a resource for all cadets, staff, and others across the campus.

In April, 120 members of the Class of 2018 earned the Certificate in Leadership Studies and Development – a 12-credit hour, university-recognized, academic award noted on the official Texas A&M transcript. Additionally, the Center hosted two top-tier leadership conferences this spring — the 3rd annual Intentional Leadership Conference and the 15th annual Nichols Rising Leader Conference. Both of these conferences saw record numbers of attendees and exposed cadet participants to engaging leadership speakers and successful leaders. Both conferences invited participants from outside the university, including midshipmen from Texas A&M-Galveston and cadets from Tarleton State University.

The 2017-2018 academic year was also a significant time of growth for the HCEL Career Readiness program. HCEL worked with over 300 companies and offered 45 corporate information sessions to students seeking internships and jobs. Additionally, the HCEL Career Readiness program partnered with the Corps of Cadets Association to launch the “Hire-a-Cadet” website, designed to help cadets use the vast Aggie Corps network to find meaningful employment. For more information on the Hire-a-Cadet website, to become involved in HCEL Career Readiness efforts, or to learn more about cadet internships and full-time career opportunities, please contact Kenn Allison at 979-458-0436 or

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