Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will join Lawrence's South Junior High School freshman Emily Scholle, U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran and 10 others on the advisory board for Fort Hays State University's Center for Civic Leadership.
The center was created last fall as an outgrowth of the university's Department of Leadership Studies to foster and promote the development of "citizen leaders" who will address and solve community issues.
The other members of the advisory board:
-- Sheila Frahm, Colby, executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, former Kansas lieutenant governor and U.S. Senator.
-- Reggie Robinson, Topeka, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, former University of Kansas law professor and White House fellow.
-- Cliff Hope, Garden City, author and retired lawyer, former state senator.
-- Dr. Curt Brungardt, Hays, acting director of the Center for Civic Leadership and chair of FHSU's Department of Leadership Studies.
-- Dr. Larry Gould, Hays, FHSU provost and chief academic officer.
-- Cheryl Higgins, McPherson, executive vice president of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce.
-- Christie Brungardt, Hays, instructor of leadership studies, FHSU.
-- Jean Cavanaugh, Great Bend, school board member, Great Bend USD 428.
-- Gail Kuehl, Hays, business owner, McDonald's Restaurants, and adjunct professor of leadership studies, FHSU.
-- Daron Jamison, Quinter senior, student body president, FHSU.
The Center for Civic Leadership will serve a broad range of individuals who have an interest in leadership at the youth, collegiate and community level. The center will offer a variety of programs that include youth leadership camps, workshops, leadership training for FHSU student leaders, conferences, and leadership development for community businesses and organizations.
FHSU's Leadership Studies program is listed in The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development, published by the Templeton Foundation, which profiles 405 exemplary college programs in 10 categories that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives.
The program was also named by the Association of Leadership Educators as the Outstanding Leadership Program in 2000 in North America.
The university's AmeriCorps program is also a part of the center and will offer assistance in community service areas.
Reporting to the Office of the Provost and affiliated with the Department of Leadership Studies in the College of Business and Leadership, the Center for Civic Leadership aspires to become the premier institute of leadership education in the country. Programming for the center will be supported primarily by private monies, grants, contracts and membership fees from participating universities and colleges.
Organizations interested in learning more about leadership development can call the Center for Civic Leadership and contact Dr. Curt Brungardt, acting director, or Jill Stafford, acting assistant director.
The center's phone number is (785) 628-5592. The Web site is http://www.fhsu.edu/ccl. The mailing address is Center for Civic Leadership, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601.