The President’s Leadership Class (PLC) was created in 2008 as a collaboration between the Office of Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement and the Office of the President as a way to help facilitate leadership development in The University of Iowa’s emerging leaders. Leadership development for students is a strategic priority for the University of Iowa, and the Office of the President is committed to supporting student success through developing student leaders.

In an effort to further develop and align the President’s Leadership Class in relationship to other Leadership Studies course offerings and leadership development experiences for students, starting in fall 2019 the course was offered as a second year experience at the University of Iowa and is taught by Bruce Harreld and Erika Christiansen. Students in this course have the opportunity to explore leadership through teams and read The Joy of Leadership.

PLC is a three-hour, credit-bearing course that is offered to selected students. A student selected for admission to this class has the opportunity to explore pertinent leadership issues with President Harreld; to meet with and attend programs by UI, community, and state leaders; to participate in meaningful civic activities; to network with other student leaders; and to engage in curriculum that will help you develop your personal leadership style and skills.


Fall 2020 recruitment process - Application deadline is extended until March 20!


The application process for fall 2020 will be open from Wednesday, February 5 to Friday, March 20. Currently enrolled first year students at Iowa are eligible to apply online:

The online application will ask you for your contact, education, and student involvement information; your philosophy of leadership; and it will ask you about what positive change you'd like to like to make on campus as a student leader. In addition, you will need to have one letter of reference. 

An information session for interested students will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Iowa Theater (#166), Iowa Memorial Union. No RSVP is needed, come learn more about the course, application process, and ask questions.

Applicants will be informed if they are invited to participate in group interviews. Group interviews will occur Tuesday, March 24 to Thursday, April 2.

Invitations to enroll in the class will be sent out on Friday, April 3. Selected students will be invited to attend the PLC meet and greet on Thursday, April 9 from 10:00am to 11:30am to meet the instructors, classmates, and prepare for the course. Selected students will be enrolled in LS:1022 for Fall 2020. The course meets Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 4:00pm during fall session, starting August 26. 

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