As part of East Georgia State College’s efforts to serve as the model affordable, innovative, high-quality rural access institution in the United States, the first class of the new Student Leadership Program recently kicked off with a trip to Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island.
The Student Leadership Program is a collaboration between EGSC and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service to provide an opportunity for students to further develop the skills and leadership qualities needed to become effective campus and community leaders. The program was made available to all full-time students who attend any of EGSC’s three campuses and who are in good academic standing. Applicants had to compose an essay describing how they would benefit from this student leadership program. Fifty students were chosen to further their leadership education through this free program, which began in September and will run through April of 2019, when a formal graduation ceremony will be held at The Morgan House.
Participants in the Student Leadership Program are Brittany Blake, Margaret Brogan, Brandon Browder, Kimera Brown, Megan Bryant, Morgan Bryant, Cameron Chalker, Fiza Chippa, Yamin Chippa, Kaylah Christian, Nathaniel Coleman, Makayla Conner, Jazzmyn Cox, Kathryn Cox, Latavia Crumbly, Aharon Davidson, McArthur Dawson, Zynia Ford, Jordan Frazier, Amber Grimes, Susanna Hall, Katie Hill, Victoria Horton, Quinton Houston, Destiny Johnson, Monique Johnson, Jelani Lee, Kierstan Leeks, Tyresse Mahekeya, Rebecca Mason, Devin Miley, Kimberly Palmer, Durante Payne, Tanner Peebles, Krystal Perry, Tayla Scott, Dalton Sherrod, Shawn Smith, Zahney Smoak, Ambernique Spicer, Carley Stapleton, Courtney Waithe, Bradesia Walker, Jessica Webb, William Wilkes, Marquaveous Williams, Alexander Wilson, Ahmad Worrell and Daisy Youmans.
“Marnie Dekle and Angie Daughtry with the UGA Cooperative Extension Program have been instrumental in making this program work and providing support throughout the program’s development,” he continued. “Similar programs have been done in other areas with a full staff dedicated to leadership development. We’ve identified a critical need for programs focused on leadership at East Georgia State College and have made the commitment to do them despite being unable to fund bringing in outside staff to run it. We are keeping this program affordable and running it in a cost-effective manner.”