The Office of Leadership Development started with the Student Leadership Challenge program, launched in the Fall of 2005 by a committee of university administrators. Using the Kouzes and Posner’s (2007) The Leadership Challenge as a framework, the committee developed a Leadership Diamond Points system which allowed students to learn and practice leadership through a variety of formats.
In order to offer an even more comprehensive leadership development program that utilizes multiple leadership frameworks for students, the Student Leadership Challenge program evolved into the Office of Leadership Development in August 2009. This transition launched an increased emphasis on applying academic connections to leadership education in and outside the classroom.
In August of 2015, the department launched a multi-tiered leadership program (Diamond Leadership Program) to provide engagement throughout the college experience. Components and elements of the Social Change Model and the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership are incorporated into the department’s philosophy, program selection, and assessment plan.
In 2019, the Office of Leadership Development experienced an office re-brand, which resulted in the adoption of a new framework, the Authentic Leadership theoretical approach, and new programmatic offerings. The O.L.D. celebrated its 10th anniversary in September, 2019.