PLC HISTORY AND OVERVIEW:
The Presidents Leadership Class (PLC), a nationally renowned program, has guided the leadership development of Colorado’s most talented undergraduate students for more than 40 years. PLC is a fully sanctioned academic program of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and works in partnership with the University to recuit and educate top students in a rigorous four-year, community based, academic and experiential leadership program.
Founded in 1972, the Presidents Leadership Class began as a conversation between William Douglas, Dean of Admissions, and Terry Heineman, Assistant Director of Admissions. Terry and Bill thought that it would be worthwhile to initiate a leadership program at CU Boulder as a strategy to recruit some of Colorado’s top students to attend the university and provide leadership for the state of Colorado. Both men felt it important to involve a number of outstanding leaders in the state to inform the creation of a pioneer leadership program. This led them to William Coors, President of the Adolph Coors Company. The three men moved forward with the development of the Presidents Leadership Class, named in honor of the university president and the corporate presidents involved in the program’s formation.
Each year, fifty of CU Boulder’s most gifted incoming students are selected to be PLC scholars. Beginning in 2013-14 academic school year, PLC launched a second-point-of-entry for current CU students. A maximum of 10 second-point-of-entry students, either rising sophomores or juniors, will be accepted to join the other 50 incoming scholars. Students are awarded a merit-based scholarship and receive rigorous leadership training that fosters both intellectual and personal growth, resulting in college graduates with extraordinary critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills and the character virtues that exemplify PLC’s mission.
Today, as when it started, PLC is an intergral part of the undergraduate leadership landcape of the University of Colorado Boulder. The program is seated within the office of the University Provost and is managed by a Director and two full-time staff, and a dedicated faculty. Additionally, the mission of the organization is supported by a volunteer Board of Advocates who work closely with the Director and staff to insure stabilty of both mission and funding. Alumni as well as other dedicated individuals, corporations and organizations also assist in making the PLC opportunity available to our students each year.