About the College of Leadership & Service
Greetings from the Faculty Director
Welcome to the Undergraduate College of Leadership and Service, or “LDS.” Our college’s mission is to create an environment in a highly competitive university that will support your efforts to develop habits of mind and analytic skills that will benefit you during your academic career and throughout life.
The “LDS 101” seminar taught by university staff introduces you to the university and to skills enabling you to take advantage of the rich resources here. During your second semester, you’ll choose a faculty-led “LDS 102” seminar and take part in discussions in ways that are usually not possible in large introductory courses. The chance to get to know researchers and scholars dedicated to their fields can lead to life-long interests, choices of major, and career paths that you might never have considered.
Leadership and service go hand-in-hand. Followers must perceive their leaders to be committed to serving some larger purpose. If you aspire to be a leader, there is no better way to do that than by volunteering to tackle jobs that others may avoid. Leading by example is persuasive. At LDS, you’ll have a chance to participate in service activities calling for leadership in many forms that are invaluable for personal development and intellectual growth.
Your university experience provides an opportunity for you to find your own path to leadership and service. Whatever route you take, be a man or woman of principle. Keep your word. Live and work with integrity. Despite all the resources here for you to draw upon, it’s all up to you. Best of luck, and come by and say hello. I’d be glad to meet you.
Distinguished Service Professor and Faculty Director