Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership
The Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership (HCEL) continued to expand its programs and influence, becoming an increasingly valued resource for all cadets, staff, and others across the campus. The 2019-2020 academic year marked the first full year of implementation of the comprehensive 4-year Corps Leadership Development Model, which codified specific growth expectations for cadets across all four years of the Corps experience. HCEL staff conducted extensive training and coaching to cadet leaders on how to align their efforts with the model.
Academically, HCEL staff and their team of 20 adjunct instructors taught over 1,400 enrolled students across 5 distinct leadership courses. For the first time in the Center’s history, the new SOMS 281 course was delivered in the spring for sophomore cadets to discuss the fundamentals of intentional, authentic leadership. Junior cadet courses focused on leadership strengths, constraints, and values-based leadership – culminating in students creating their own Individual Leadership Development Plan (ILDP). Senior cadets examined the ethical demands of organizational leadership and personal decision-making. Additionally, all of these HCEL courses were approved and accepted earlier this year as part of the new university-wide interdisciplinary minor in Leadership for students pursuing that degree credential.
At the conclusion of the spring 2020 semester, 148 cadets earned the Hollingsworth Certificate in Applied Ethical Leadership, a credential that recognizes their leadership development efforts in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. Additionally, certificate recipients completed capstone exit interviews with mentors to help connect lessons learned to anticipated future challenges.
The Center hosted the 5th annual Intentional Leadership Conference in March, and over 250 participants attended 3 plenary sessions, 9 breakout sessions, and 3 former cadet panel sessions. The keynote speaker for the ILC banquet was Mr. Preston Abbott `84, the 1983-1984 Corps Commander and the endower of the Memorial Student Center’s Abbott Family Leadership Conference. The conference’s featured speakers included a diverse group of inspiring and motivational leaders, including Mr. Don Knauss, retired Chairman and CEO of the Clorox Company.
Over 900 cadets attended HCEL Career Readiness “R U Ready?” sessions, designed to prepare them for successful entry into the public and private sector workforce. Companies/organizations that participated in the “R U Ready?” sessions included CACI, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, CIA, DIA, FBI, BP, USAA, Fluor, Facebook, Texas State Guard, and HEB, among many others. These events provided information to cadets about internship and job opportunities and increased their knowledge of the importance and practical application of the eight career readiness competencies. Over 100 cadets also toured NASA in Houston and the Lockheed Martin F-35 facility in Fort Worth during “Career Exploration” visits. In addition, over 900 cadets attended the Career Readiness Speaker Series including presentations by former astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Pam Melroy, former NASA Mission Director Eugene Kranz, and US Representative Dan Crenshaw.
HCEL continued to grow its Cyber Security program as interested cadets gained experience in this critical emerging field of study. Cadets entering Cyber Security career fields and members of the Corps of Cadets Cyber Operations Special Unit trained to compete in the National Security Agency’s Cyber Exercise (NCX) in April at the Maritime Conference Center in Maryland, but unfortunately, the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.
In October, HCEL Director, Dr. Dave Keller, was invited to speak at the National Forum on Character Education in Washington D.C., where he highlighted the Hollingsworth Center’s programs and efforts to develop leaders of character prepared for the global leadership challenges of the future. During that conference, the Hollingsworth Center was recognized for earning a “Promising Practice in Character Education” award for their moral development efforts.
You can read more about the impact of the Hollingsworth Center here. For more information on the Hollingsworth Center, please contact the HCEL office at 979-458-0436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.