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Hess Center

The Hess Center for Leadership and Service


Leadership is everywhere: in religious institutions, in classrooms, in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, in athletic teams, and in poetry societies. At the same time, leadership is absent: people with authority fail us, politicians fail to take action, and those with power corrupt and accept corruption. Too often, groups fail to achieve what they set out to achieve, or they dogmatically adhere to the status quo when the situation requires agility and change.

  • What is to be done with leadership challenges? How should you respond? What actions might you take?
  • How can you develop your own and others' capacities for leadership so that your community anticipates its needs rather than merely reacts?
  • How can you learn to think critically about leadership and change so that you become effective at solving the problems facing the communities that matter to you?

The programs of The Hess Center for Leadership and Service seek to answer such questions about leadership, change, and the capacity to learn. Our flagship programs include the Academic Distinction in Leadership Studies, Hess Fellows Advocacy Internships, and the First-Year Leadership Challenge. In addition, we support a student-run publication, sponsor a lecture series that showcases practicing leaders (the Leadership Matters Speakers series), and coordinate opportunities for faculty and staff to study leadership.

To learn more about all of our programs, click here.

Want to know more about the opportunities available to you? Please contact us.

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Please contact the Hess Center Staff or visit the Hess Center in Norton Suite 260.

Kent Andersen
Director of the Hess Center
Office: Norton Center 264
Office Phone: (205) 226-4679

Ally Walton
Engaged Programs Coordinator
Office: Norton Center 260
Office Phone: (205) 226-7717

Emily Thornton
Coordinator of Hess Fellowships 
Office: Norton Center 265
Office Phone: (205) 226-4993