Krause Initiative gets new name
Underscoring The Citadel’s ongoing commitment to preparing principled leaders, The Citadel Board of Visitors has approved changing the name of the Krause Initiative to the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.
“I would like to offer my deepest thanks to Bill and Gay Krause for their continued support of principled leadership at The Citadel,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “Their commitment and that of other alumni have made it possible for the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics to bring national recognition to The Citadel as an exemplar in the field of leadership development.”
Founded in 2003 by a generous endowment from Bill Krause, ’63, and his wife, Gay, the Krause Initiative was established to support The Citadel’s vision to enhance leadership development and ethical growth in its students.
“Changing the name to ‘Center’ recognizes the success of the Initiative and creates more of a sense of permanence,” said Program Director Lt. Col. Jeffrey M. Weart. “Additionally it will allow us to incorporate a broader range of activities and continue refining The Citadel Experience into a rigorous four year leadership development program for all students.”
The Center helps to establish the framework for the coordination and integration of the many important elements of leadership development throughout all The Citadel’s programs – academic, military, athletic, and student extracurricular activities.
“This is a transformational experience. We take students from all walks of life, and over their cadet careers help them acquire the skills and knowledge to be principled leaders,” said Weart. “To be successful, everything we do at The Citadel must be considered a leadership development opportunity. The Citadel already offers several hundred leadership opportunities through Corps leadership. We are now working to ensure every cadet receives leadership experience that is measured and assessed.”
Providing direct support to the Commandant’s Office, The Krause Center will continue to help implement leadership training, activities, and additional resources for the Corps of Cadets. For example, the center will coordinate the Company Leadership Development Teams – groups of four staff and faculty members assigned to all companies in the Corps. These teams work directly with the company and Corps leadership on the college’s Values and Respect Program and other training to help ensure the values of principled leadership are communicated to all cadets.
A centerpiece of The Krause Center’s efforts is the annual Principled Leadership Symposium which provides Citadel cadets and invited college students the opportunity to interact with top leaders in a variety of fields on the art of leadership and experience. Conducted in conjunction with the Corps Day Celebration in March, the symposium provides an inspiring array of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and small group seminars, while highlighting the unique aspects of The Citadel.
Beyond the Corps experience, The Krause Center will bolster the college’s academic standing through the minor in Leadership Studies, by sponsoring cadets and Citadel Graduate College students to participate in external leadership opportunities and conferences, and by helping to promote The Citadel through associations with peer institutions focused on leadership development.
The Krause Center will provide an ongoing important contribution to The Citadel’s mission – to prepare our graduates to be Principled Leaders as they enter the military, government, businesses or go forward to pursue graduate and professional degrees.