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President's Leadership in Action Academy (PLAA)

Under the direction of EKU President, Dr. Michael Benson, the President’s Leadership in Action Academy (PLAA) was established in the spring of 2014 as a professional development opportunity for aspiring leaders with the University. The Academy replaced the EKU Academic Administrative Internship Program for Women and Minorities; however, EKU continues to support diversity in this new initiative.

The PLAA is offered on a one-year cycle and this elite group will typically have up to 10 participants each year, but may be expanded at the discretion of the President. The four major components of this program are Leadership, Leadership in Action, Internships, and a Group Project.


In the past two years the President’s Leadership in Action Academy (PLAA) provided development opportunities for aspiring leaders from across campus. Meeting these leaders and seeing them participate in the program was a remarkably gratifying experience. Internal feedback suggests that the program was equally beneficial for our participants.
As much as I would like to provide this opportunity to more of our faculty and staff, I’ve made the difficult decision to suspend the program after this academic year in light of our current budget constraints. I thank all those who worked to make the program a success and the faculty and staff who participated.
Once we have a better sense of our fiscal footing in the months ahead we will reevaluate whether we can restore the program in future years. It is times like these when leadership is most needed; and, although PLAA will not be in place next year, we must not pass up opportunities to learn, lead, and mentor. It is apropos that we derive the term “mentor” from Homer’s Odyssey; mentors make our individual odysseys possible. Let the leaders and mentors in our own lives inspire us to give back as we forge ahead.
Thank you for all you do to make EKU such a remarkable place.
Yours sincerely,
Michael T. Benson

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