Gonzaga University News Feature
By Nick Bryant
Class of 2010
Since its founding in 1887, Gonzaga University has taught students to be people for others. Through its leaders and its students, the University has emphasized the importance of individual humility for leaders. Gonzaga also has led by example, weaving these and other virtues into its own unique patchwork of ideals expressed best in Gonzaga’s mission statement.
Examples of this leadership orientation that thirsts for justice can be found illuminating campus from the core curriculum to the rich and varied student volunteer opportunities. Still, the most noticeable aspect of Gonzaga’s legacy of leadership can be found in its leadership programs offered from the undergraduate to doctoral level and all stops in between.
Gonzaga offers a broad range of leadership programs to serve people who wish to serve others. They include the following:
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY’S MAIN LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
1. Undergraduate Comprehensive Leadership Program
2. Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
3. Master’s of Arts in Leadership and Administration
4. Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership
5. Master’s Program in Organizational Leadership
6. Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies
While each program offers a slightly different take on leadership, they all share one singular Gonzaga characteristic: each develops leaders for the common good.
With increasingly competitive programs, enrollment at an all-time high and a never-ending flow of alumni successes, Gonzaga’s leadership programs are carving a special niche nationwide in the discipline of leadership.
Michael Carey, associate professor and chair of the MOL program since it was founded in 1986, said part of Gonzaga’s success in leadership can be traced to its almost universal applicability to other disciplines, and two other key factors: basketball and marketing.
“Gonzaga’s basketball team has brought increased recognition to the University, but our program’s enrollment increases also are a result of strong recruitment and marketing efforts,” said Carey. “Over the years, I continue to be impressed by the diversity of the students, their quality and their commitment toward our programs.”
While Gonzaga’s success with leadership has positioned the University to reach greater heights in this discipline, Carey acknowledges this isn’t the only priority.
“While we have continued to grow the size of our programs, there are other objectives we would like to achieve as well,” Carey said. Those include “bringing a greater level of stability to the programs, integrating programs so they support one another, and ultimately, becoming one of the premier leadership studies programs in the United States in the next five years.”
The ingredients are in place for Gonzaga to lead the nation in leadership, Carey said.
“I believe what we have created here is unique and we can be the model for others,” he said. “I view us as pathfinders, and we are the ones out front.”
Nick Bryant, from Seneca, S.D., is a student in the Gonzaga University Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership and plans to graduate in May of 2010.