In 1988 the Whitehead Leadership Society (WLS) was established as an organization that encourages leadership and academic excellence within the University of Redlands School of Business.
As facilitators of professional education and lifelong learning, WLS members have a responsibility to provide active service and support to the University community, foster an academic climate for enhancing student achievement and honor the traditions of the liberal arts.
Members of the WLS are nominated by their peers in their senior year of study through a formal nomination process administered by the campus director at each campus. Each eligible cohort may nominate up to three of their classmates or "peers" for WLS recognition. Nominations must be supported by a statement outlining the nominee's demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in the classroom and in the communities in which they work and live.
Final nominations for each cohort are forwarded by the campus directors to the WLS liaison and then on to the WLS board of directors for final approval. Successful nominees are invited to the main campus of the University to attend a formal induction ceremony where they are presented with a WLS Medallion and a Certificate of Membership into the Society.
WLS members typically wear their WLS medallion to commencement where they are formally recognized by the dean of the School of Business for their achievements. However, in order to be inducted into the WLS it is mandatory that all nominees attend the formal induction ceremony to which they are invited. WLS induction ceremonies are held twice yearly, once in the fall and once in the spring on the main campus of the University of Redlands.
Once inducted WLS members are charged with the responsibility to engage in alumni and community events in the name of the University and for the greater good of our society. This can be done through attending alumni events, networking with alumni at Regional Alumni Chapter events, and volunteering for Bulldogs-in-Service our national day of service held annually on the last Saturday in September.
Now in its 28th year, the WLS is a highlight in the school's calendar. The society has more than 1,200 members.