The 2019-2020 Iowa Presidential Leadership Class. (PLC)

The President’s Leadership Class (PLC) was created in 2008 as a collaboration between the Division of Student Life, Office of Leadership, Service and Student Engagement and the Office of the President as a way to help facilitate leadership development in the University of Iowa’s emerging leaders. Leadership development for students is a strategic priority for Iowa, and the Office of the President is committed to supporting student success through developing student leaders.

Class Description

PLC is a three-hour, credit-bearing course that is offered to selected students. A student selected for admission to this class has the opportunity to explore pertinent leadership issues with President Harreld; to meet with and attend programs by Iowa, community, and state leaders; to participate in meaningful civic activities; to network with other student leaders; and to engage in curriculum that will help you develop your personal leadership style and skills.

More Information

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Student Testimonials

"PLC gave me the opportunity to meet some of the most influential administrators, community professionals, and students here at Iowa.  The resources that are granted to you as a student in PLC are tremendous. The class helped to mold my college experience and leadership skills, and I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without it. Especially with the formation of the President's Leadership Society, PLC students are able to continually take advantages of all of the benefits of the class - from meeting high profile members of the UI community to collaborating across student organizations, there is no other course that compares to PLC." – Katie Oxendine

"To me, PLC was an excellent opportunity to connect with other students who were passionate about making a difference on campus. I had the opportunity to become friends with other high-achieving individuals who also wanted to challenge themselves to be all they could be." – Brody DeBettignies

President's Leadership Society

The purpose of the President’s Leadership Society (PLS) is to enhance the leadership skills acquired in the President’s Leadership Class and provide opportunities for applying that growth through its three pillars: Community Service and Social Change, Career Exploration and Growth, and Personal and Professional Relations. These three different pillars offer our members the chance to engage in whatever aspect of leadership speaks to them most. PLS also takes advantage of the various interest areas and skill sets of our members to create unique and rewarding opportunities to further hone individual leadership styles. Our members are leaders across campus, which provides the society with endless opportunities for involvement. Some of the events that the society has hosted include:

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Questions about PLC?

If you have questions regarding PLC, please contact the Erika Christiansen in the Office of Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement at 319-335-3059.