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DLS graduates now serve the community as non-profit executives, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, and members of the clergy. For more information on the accomplishments of students who graduate from the DLS program, please view the DLS alumni page and the Distinguished Scholars Booklet.

"Beyond being a great addition to my academic career at BSC, the Leadership Studies program has opened many doors for me both scholastically and professionally that would not have been available to me otherwise."
– Will Breland (DLS '11), Teach for America, New York City

Tynes Cowan


"Teaching the introductory class in leadership theory allows me to pursue my interest in social movements with energetic students who bring knowledge and methods from a variety of disciplines. Our class discussions are always engaging and illuminating--an excellent example of the interdisciplinary tradition of the liberal arts."
- Tynes Cowan, Assistant Professor of English


Claire Davis


"Leadership Studies enriched my college experience not only through the development of my personal leadership skills but also through the study of leadership theory and its practical application in virtually every situation."
– Claire Davis (DLS '10), Peace Corps Youth Development member in Educator


Mark Lester


"Whether we are leaders or followers, leadership is at the heart of the human experience and, as a result, the study of leadership must be considered a necessary part of a liberal education."
- Mark Lester, W. Michael Atchison Professor of History and Law


Victoria Ott


"Women of the American South is a course that weaves together a rich tapestry of events, ideas, and people that inspired examples of leadership. Throughout the history of the region women have played a central role in promoting change and through their efforts at community building, organizing, and campaigning, they have exemplified all that is good and bad in leadership."
- Victoria Ott, Associate Professor of History


Art Richey


"The Distinction in Leadership Studies program has provided endless opportunities in and outside the classroom. The entire program, from in-depth leadership analysis to practical, real-world leadership experiences, has better prepared me for a career in public service."
– Art Richey (DLS '09), 2008 Truman Scholar and student at the University of Alabama Law School



"The Distinction in Leadership Studies program taught me to work hard, think differently, and explore the world around me."
– Kathleen Smith (DLS '10), AmeriCorps member at Impact Alabama


Sandra Sprayberry

"A LS requirement of Introduction to Human Rights is to choose a human rights cause and do something to further that cause; put your theoretical readings into action. Though this is a course requirement, it's impossible to read about human rights issues and respond passively. One of my favorite leaders is Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who said, 'If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.'"
- Sandra Sprayberry, Robert Luckie Professor of English

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