Whitehead Leadership Society Induction


Bruce Rawding, associate program director at the School of Business, Ida Hermosillo, 2012 Whitehead Leadership Society Person of the Year, and Keith Roberts, associate dean of the School of Business.

There are more than 1,200 members of the Whitehead Leadership Society, and 75 new students will be inducted on Sept. 28.

“These are people who have been nominated by their peers and classmates, so we’re excited for that,” Bruce Rawding, associate program director of the School of Business and a member of the Whitehead Leadership Society Board of Directors, said.

The Whitehead Leadership Society was established in 1988 to encourage leadership and academic excellence within the School of Business. Nominations are supported by statements outlining the nominee’s academic excellence and leadership skills, with the Board of Directors making the final selections.

“WLS members are expected to engage in giving back to the communities in which they work and live,” Rawding said. “This may be as simple as participating in Bulldogs in Service or supporting Speaker’s Bureau events at the regional campuses. Many members are already engaged in civic minded activities, such as in their churches or at their children’s schools.”

The students are selected during their final year at the School of Business, and recognized each year during a special, invitation only ceremony.

“We want to celebrate their achievement, and give them a medallion and certificate,” Rawding said. “They’ve earned acknowledgement.”

This year, Damian McKinney, CEO and founder of McKinney Advisory Group, will serve as the keynote speaker.

“He is going to be speaking about leadership and giving back,” Rawding said. “It is going to be pretty impressive.”

There are two Whitehead Leadership Society induction ceremonies during each school year. The next one is set for March 1, 2014.

Posted: Sept. 20, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia


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