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Valparaiso University awarded Leadership for Public Purpose status

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Valparaiso University recently received the Carnegie Elective Classification for Leadership for Public Purpose.

The university is one of 25 universities in the U.S. to earn the classification this year. The Carnegie Foundation’s classification recognizes campuses that are intentionally cultivating leadership abilities across students, faculty and staff. It is the inaugural class to receive the classification.

“This honor speaks to Valparaiso University’s demonstrated commitment to provide an educational experience that prepares our graduates to lead lives of leadership and service,” said Jose Padilla, university president, in a press release. “Our graduates are sought after for their knowledge, character, integrity and wisdom. That translates into thoughtful, compassionate and ethical leaders ready to take on the challenges of a complex global world.”

The classification supports the university's goal of students establishing a leadership and service portfolio before earning their degrees. The leadership initiative is part of the university’s strategic plan, Uplift Valpo: Our Beacon for the Journey Forward.

“Leadership is core to Valpo’s mission,” Provost Eric Johnson said. “As a Valpo graduate, who has come back to this special place and served as a faculty member, dean and now provost, I believe that every student has the opportunity to develop and hone their leadership skills.”

Valparaiso University is home to 3,000 students and 250 full-time faculty members. The university offers over 70 undergraduate programs and over 20 degree and certificate programs in its graduate school and continuing education.


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