Lead Community

The President’s Leadership Academy (PLA) is a selective program for 15 of Southeast’s most outstanding upper-class student leaders. Through PLA, participants learn to use their leadership expertise to give back to the Southeast campus and local community. Participants work with a community mentor to propose, develop, and implement a project (the Southeast Success Project) to impact the Southeast campus or surrounding area. Graduates receive a certificate at the end of the program.

More Information about the Southeast Success Project

Thoughts from Past Participants

PLA was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Learning how to be a positive leader and then passing those skills on to younger generations will forever be the most fulfilling opportunity of my Southeast experience.

-Mary Bauer (Woman of the Year finalist, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alpha Chi Omega)

PLA was a great opportunity to get hands-on leadership experience. The Southeast Success Project gave our group a unique chance to identify a need in the community, create a vision, and take all the necessary steps to accomplish our goal. If you're an involved student looking for something new, or if you simply have a desire to develop yourself as a leader, you should apply for PLA.

-Benny Dorris (former Lambda Chi Alpha President, Student Government President, Emerging Leaders Graduate)

Through PLA I’ve further developed my leadership skills and learned even more from not only the program but my peers as well. The greatest leadership lesson I learned throughout my life is to never stop developing and PLA gave me an opportunity to continue that.

-Allen Rice (Emerging Leaders Graduate and Facilitator, New Student Programs Orientation Leader)


Application Process

Students for the fall 2015 class have been selected.

To apply for PLA, a student must be nominated by a faculty or staff member. Staff/faculty members will be receiving more information about the nomination process in February 2016. Each student that is nominated will be sent more information including application procedures.

For more information, please e-mail leadership@semo.edu or call (573) 651-2280.