About The PLA


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.


The values of the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy extend from the core values of Bowling Green State University and serve as the lens through which leadership is examined and taught. Embodying and living these values are hallmarks of effective leadership.

  • Integrity
    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
    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
    Credibility is defined as responsible and accountable behavior through the practice of professional leadership skills.

  • Learning
    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.