The Presidential Leadership Academy is for those who want to think critically about important issues. Those who want to make the tough decisions. Those who want to make a difference in the world and lead by example. Those like you — Penn Staters who want to become the leaders of tomorrow.
President Barron teaches the PLA sophomore class in the spring, focusing on the issues that he encounters as a president.
Dean Bieschke teaches the PLA sophomore class in the fall, examining current events around the world and on campus.
Students go on three field trips during their time in the PLA, all of which are of no expense to students.
PLA will bring in various kinds of speakers to inform and inspire students. Past speakers have included U.S. ambassadors, authors, motivational speakers, and journalists.
An optional mentoring program is available, where an upperclass PLA student is paired with a new PLA student, allowing both parties to enhance one another's personal and professional experiences.
The PLA has graduated students every year since 2009 and this network offers hosts of opportunities and friendships for students to tap into during their time at Penn State and long after.