The 2017-2018 Iowa Presidential Leadership Class. (PLC) 

History of PLC

The President’s Leadership Class (PLC) was created in 2008 as a collaboration between the Office of Student Life (now the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership) 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.

Future of PLC

In an effort to further develop and align the President’s Leadership Class in relationship to other Leadership Studies course offerings and leadership development experiences for students, starting in 2019 the course will be offered for second year students at Iowa. The President’s Leadership Society, an affiliated student organization with the President’s Leadership Class and the Office of the President, hosted events and opportunities for students to practice and learn about leadership throughout the 2018-19 school year.

Students who were first year students in the 2018-19 school year had an opportunity to participate in the President’s Leadership Class in Fall 2019, when applications were made available in February 2019. First year students were notified of the applications availability and encouraged to apply. If a student you work with would like to make sure they receive this notification, they may share their information using this form.

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.

Application Information

The application process for fall 2019 is closed. Learn more about applying to PLC in the future here.

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 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 member s 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:


  • Receptions with influential administrators, professionals, and students in the Iowa community
  • The Corn Bowl Exchange, an annual trophy exchange and service project with the Innocent’s Society of University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Professional Trip to Chicago where students were given the opportunity to see the corporate environment of various companies

Questions about PLC?

If you have questions regarding PLC, please contact the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership (319-335-3059 or and ask for Paul Mintner.