Knights LEAD


Knights LEAD is a one-year co-curricular program with a focus on increasing the retention and progression rate of freshmen and first year students. Program participants must apply and be selected for the program. Program participants will be encouraged to utilize the support services within the university to foster the skills needed for successful academic persistence and retention, form an academic mindset that thrives on global learning, and proactively seek opportunities to enhance the society through their scholarship and leadership. To meet these goals, Knights LEAD meetings will focus on the eight core competencies set forth by NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, these core competencies include:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Oral/Written Communications
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Digital Technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Career Management
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency

25 students will be selected on the Macon campus and 25 students will be selected on the Cochran campus. Students will participate in 8 meetings during the first semester where faculty and staff present on the 8 competencies.  In the spring semester, students participate in a service project and the Student Leadership Conference while continuing to meet with their mentors. All Knights LEAD students receive a faculty/staff mentor and Knights LEAD polo and will be recognized at the annual Student Leadership Programs Ceremony.

The application deadline for the 2021 academic year is Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Applications will be considered and processed on a first come first serve basis until all program participants are selected.  Click here to apply.