William Woods University to launch new Center for Leadership and Character

Colleges and universities have always served a unique role in bringing together some of the brightest minds to ponder solutions to the complex problems in society. Now William Woods University (WWU) is moving into that arena with the launch of its new Center for Leadership and Character.

Entitled “SPARK, A Launch Event,” the University will officially kick off its new initiative on Wednesday, November 9 beginning at 6 p.m. at WWU’s Dulany Auditorium. The event will include a presidential address from President Jeremy Moreland and a distinguished panel of local community leaders focusing on the systems (economic, environmental, social, political and health) and possibilities for change in the world.

“We are establishing our new Center for Leadership and Character with an event called SPARK, a spark to ignite passion and the proverbial fire to address the complex problems of the world,” said President Moreland. “Addressing world problems in a collegial environment that includes the input of students, faculty, staff, community and government leaders and corporate professionals will be the top priority of the Center for Leadership and Character at WWU.”

“The launch of our new Center for Leadership and Character at William Woods could not come at a more opportune time,” said Dr. Tony Andenoro, Senior Director for Leadership and Strategic Initiatives at WWU. “Our world is currently experiencing tremendous adversity, and there is no better time than immediately after November 8elections to engage dynamic students, faculty, corporate partners, and community leaders in a conversation surrounding the ethical leadership that we need most for our world.”

In addition to the presidential address and call to action by Dr. Andenoro, the panel discussion at SPARK will include:

Kim Barnes, President and CEO: The Callaway Bank

Lowe Cannell, Mayor: City of Fulton

The mission of the Center for Leadership and Character will be to build leadership capacity to address the economic, environmental, health, political and social problems of our society and world. The Center will achieve its mission through a series of initiatives, such as internal programming, outreach with corporate and community development partners, connection with the chamber of commerce, and other local and state agencies.

Benefitting all WWU students regardless of academic major, the Center will further expand its mission through the creation of experiential learning opportunities throughout the year, including large-scale events like SPARK, and other leadership forums; establishing partnerships with corporate and community members to advance strategic initiatives, and conducting groundbreaking research to advance leadership that addresses the world’s most vexing problems.