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Leadership Program History

1970s National View

1976 - American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Task Force (Commission IV Committee on Leadership) begins. The conversation at the Directorate meeting stimulates the creation of a Leadership Task Force to explore what was happening in leadership development through student affairs offices. Knowing that the Maryland program was anticipated to begin, Denny Roberts volunteers to serve as chair.

1977 - Commission IV Leadership Task Force calls for information about leadership development programs at ACPA member campuses, resulting in creation of resource files that were the predecessor of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs. The resource files serve to stimulate conversation among leadership educators around the country and ultimately contribute to the idea of comprehensive leadership development.

1978 - Dr. James MacGregor Burns publishes Leadership, which introduces the revolutionary theory of transforming leadership. Dr. Burns goes on to found the Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland.

1979 - A series of regional workshops are offered by the Commission IV Leadership Task Force that begin to test the comprehensive leadership development model and provide assistance to professionals in the design of their campus programs.

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1970s - Office of Student Development evolves into Campus Activities. New Campus Activities team seeks to improve Greek life program and build community of student organizations.

1976 - Denny Roberts, previous Director of Orientation, is asked by Bud Thomas and Dru Bagwell to begin the leadership emphasis through the Campus Activities office. Denny and Dru Bagwell, Director of Campus Activities, heavily influenced by the Commission IV findings, begin crafting a leadership component within Campus Activities. 
1976 - The Maryland Leadership Development Team, (now called the Peer Leadership Council) is established. This selective group of top student leaders and advisors created co -curricular programs and worked on members' own leadership skills. This group of students worked for credit only to draw resources together, provide workshops, and consult with other student organizations.

1977 - The new Maryland Leadership Development Program presented the first annual Maryland Leadership Conference. Called The Advance, the conference targeted established student leaders. The idea of "Advance" came from the desire to create a sense of forward rather than receding momentum.

Late 1970s - The first courses for credit were offered through the School of Education's Counseling and Personnel Services department, taught by Denny Roberts and with the assistance of peer teaching assistants. These were derived from the courses that were previously initiated for Orientation student leaders.


1980s National View

1981 - ACPA Commission IV releases Student Leadership Programs in Higher Education, an edited resource compiled from the resource files and collective ideas of the Leadership Task Force putting leadership on the national agenda of the higher education community. Student Leadership Programs in Higher Education advocated a comprehensive and purposeful leadership development strategy that would include multiple strategies, multiple purposes, and would be offered to multiple populations. The multiple purposes (training, education, and development) were derived from Nadler's (1970) model.

Early 1980s -- The concepts advocated in Student Leadership Programs in Higher Education are used to draft and eventually form the core of the CAS Student Leadership Program Standards. Susan Komives, Denny Roberts, and Tracey Tyree complete the initial draft and forward it to Jan Arminio on the CAS Board.

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1982 - The Maryland Leadership Development Team, advised by Kevin Krueger, expands into organizational development, consulting with student organizations to improve effectiveness.

Mid- 1980s - The MLDP partners with Admissions to present the High School Leadership Conference.

1988 - Dr. Susan Komives joins the faculty of the University of Maryland's College Student Personnel program. In a joint appointment to Student Affairs, Dr. Komives begins work on a campus-wide model for collaboration on student leadership development. 
1988 - Nance Lucas joins the University of Maryland and helps to launch the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, housed at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lucas goes on to co-found the Center for Political Leadership, later the Burns Academy of Leadership.


1990s National View


1990 - The first National Leadership Symposium is held at the University of Maryland. The working group of attendees shares ideas, generates new programs, and begins to develop a new model of leadership education.

1996 - The Social Change Model of Leadership is published by the Ensemble, a group of leadership scholars and practitioners. 
1996 - The book Exploring Leadership was published by authors Susan Komives, Nance Lucas, and Tim McMahon.

1997 - The Leadership Educators Conference was hosted by the University of Maryland/Academy of Leadership.

1999 - The International Leadership Association was founded by the Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland.

University of Maryland- College Park

1999 - The Maryland Leadership Development Program begins to reflect a changing philosophy of leadership. Programs and classes are focused on all students, not just positional leaders, and students are encouraged to move through the continuum of leadership fromparticipant to leader.


2000- Present
University of Maryland- College Park

2001 - The campus-wide curriculum design team was convened to make recommendations on the restructuring of the Maryland Leadership Development Program academic offerings. 
2001 - The first identity based leadership classes were offered. The first two classes were LGBT Leadership and the Asian Pacific American Leadership.

2002 - The Terrapin Leadership Institute begins. This non-credit certificate program consists of workshops designed to enhance students' leadership capabilities according to the social change model. In its first year, the Institute graduates over 60 students.

2003 - The first Leadership Town Meeting was hosted for faculty, staff, and administrators to establish a community conversation about leadership education at the University of Maryland. 2003- The Terrapin Leadership Institute expands to three certificate tracks- General, Positional, and Service Leadership- and graduates over 130 students. 
2003 - The Leadership Collaborative, a new student organization, is formed to build networks between student leaders on campus and provide social and educational opportunities. 
2003 - The Maryland Leadership Development Program re-defined the mission, vision, principles, and assumptions of the MLDP.

2004 - The MLDP developed a set of learning outcomes to guide academic and co-curricular program offerings 
2004 - The M-Class, a first year leadership experience incorporating leadership development and peer mentoring, is launched. 2004- The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs in collaboration with ACPA and NASPA hosted the first Leadership Educator's Institute at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. 
2004 - The identity based leadership classes expanded to offer Latino Student Leadership and Black Student Leadership.

2005 - MLDP in collaboration with the School of Education - CAPS gained approval by the University to expand the EDCP 318 Contextual Leadership series of courses.

2007 - The School of Education - CAPS in partnership the leadership development program gained approval by the University to offer a Leadership Studies Minor.