About The Program
Former BGSU President Sidney A. Ribeau (1995-2008) had a vision for the University-- to prepare BGSU students to lead with integrity and make meaningful contributions to society during their student years and in their professions and communities as alumni. In 1997, Dr. Ribeau's vision became a reality with the establishment of the President's Leadership Academy (PLA). In fall 1998, the first cohort of students committed to developing their leadership skills were selected for the PLA. In spring 2009, the University’s Board of Trustees honored the former president’s initiative by renaming the program the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy.
Today, PLA scholars from a variety of disciplines and geographic locations strive to ensure Dr. Ribeau's vision. To cultivate their leadership skills, PLA scholars follow a curriculum that engages them in classes, workshops, experiential learning, and community service activities. The curriculum is structured to focus on specific targeted outcomes, with each year’s experiences building on those of the previous year.
Additionally, the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy is a vehicle for personal growth and support. The PLA offers many opportunities for students to expand their horizons to learn not only about leadership, but also about culture, other people, and themselves. Furthermore, the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy encourages its students to take on leadership roles across campus. In these roles, they can share their experiences and cultivate their life-learning skills with other emerging campus leaders.
The Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy Program is steeped in the theory of servant-leadership, a practical philosophy that supports people who choose to serve first, and then to lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening, and the ethical use of power and empowerment. Servant-leaders are inclusive and may or may not hold formal leadership positions.
The PLA enrolls approximately 15-30 new students annually, resulting in a total of 100-120 students matriculating per year. Awardees receive a renewable scholarship up to the cost of in-state instructional (tuition) and general fees.
In 1998, former BGSU president, Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau created the President’s Leadership Academy for BGSU students committed to developing leadership. In 2009, the University’s Board of Trustees honored the former President’s initiative by renaming the program the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy (PLA).
The PLA is a four-year leadership development program that engages scholars in classes, workshops, and experiential learning and community service activities. The curriculum focuses on specific outcomes, with each year’s experience building on those of the previous year.
The Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy (PLA) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) strives to graduate passionate leaders with the skills necessary to make a difference in their communities and the world.
The Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy (PLA) provides a comprehensive leadership curriculum grounded in the ideals of servant leadership. Through the development of a community of scholars, students are empowered to grow and develop as they seize opportunities and maximize their academic success while at Bowling Green State University.
Integrity is defined as leadership that is authentic, genuine, true and honest. Scholars will demonstrate ethical and moral behavior that is personally and professionally congruent.
Service is defined as a selfless devotion to making a positive impact across the globe. Scholars will demonstrate service through concern, charity and action geared toward the well-being of others.
Credibility is defined as responsible and accountable behavior through the practice of professional leadership skills.
Learning is defined as intrapersonal and interpersonal development that results in the effective application of leadership skills, multicultural competence, creative thinking and problem-solving, and overall academic success.
The Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy insignia was collaboratively designed by PLA scholars to reflect the values and vision of the organization as a whole. The three spires pay homage to the original PLA insignia of a compass, while creating new symbolic representation of a rising sun, representing the role of leadership in the past, present, and future. The year of establishment, resting on the laurels of two crossed falcon feathers, pays tribute to the history of PLA as an organization of Bowling Green State University, and our mascot, the falcon. The insignia is then collectively encircled by the four core values of PLA; integrity, service, credibility, and learning. As scholars in the Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy these core values encompass everything we do in our role as leaders on campus and in the world at large.
The original PLA insignia, created by the inaugural cohort, no longer met the marketing guidelines of the university and an updated insignia that met the university guidelines was required. In fall 2011, current PLA scholars were invited to create an updated PLA insignia. Five scholars volunteered to take part in this group to update the insignia. These scholars were: Danielle Dodd (2005 Cohort), Lauren Purdy (2009 Cohort), Victoria Recker (2009 Cohort), David Walters (2010 Cohort), and Kyle Jacob (2011 Cohort). During the process of redesigning the insignia, this committee sought input and guidance from current PLA scholars and PLA alumni.
First Insignia of the PLA
The first insignia of the Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy was developed by the inaugural cohort. It was a symbolic expression of the program's values, philosophy, mission and vision. The compass utilized brown and orange, the official colors of Bowling Green State University. Within the circle was the foundation on which the Academy is built: the PLA Leadership Values and the Core Values of Bowling Green State University. The directional arrows (North, South, East and West) denoted that, through the involvement of PLA scholars, the leadership qualities emphasized throughout the President's Leadership Academy experience diffuse in all directions-- on campus, in the Bowling Green community and in society at large.