McDonough featured in Best Practices Panel at national conference

Marietta College's Dr. Gama Perruci was asked to participate in a national conference to discuss how the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business approaches its various endeavors and how leadership studies, in general, are used to promote engaged citizenship among students.

The four-day conference, "Ready or Not: Global Challenges, College Learning, and America's Promise," took place on Jan. 22-24, in Seattle, Wash., and was coordinated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, an organization concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.

"The audience seemed particularly interested in our approach to service learning, study abroad and civic engagement," said Perruci, Dean of McDonough. "We highlighted, for instance, the research work that our students did last year as part of America's Best Leaders Project. We also talked about the blogging that our McDonough Scholars are doing this semester while studying abroad. This panel gave us an opportunity to show the academic community that McDonough Scholars are doing exciting work in Leadership Studies."

Perruci was excited to share the stage with other prestigious leadership programs across the country, such as the Jepson School of Leadership Studies (University of Richmond), the Kravis Leadership Institute (Claremont McKenna College), the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University and the Rice Center for Leadership (Virginia Tech).

The panel discussed "Leadership Studies, the Liberal Arts and Engaged Students." By integrating leadership studies with the liberal arts and by engaging students in action through internships, service learning, study abroad, leadership training or other ways, leadership programs serve the dual purpose of promoting individual responsibility and learning while they also serve the public good characterized by an engaged and active citizenship.

The McDonough Center is named in honor of Bernard P. McDonough (1903-85), a self-made industrialist and entrepreneur who ran wide-ranging global business interests from his Marmac Corporation headquarters in Parkersburg, W.Va. From humble beginnings, he built an industrial empire after World War II with diverse holdings, including concrete plants, construction companies, shoe factories, marine barges, lawn and garden tool factories, and sand and gravel operations.

In 1986, through a generous $5.5 million gift from McDonough's wife, Alma McDonough, and the McDonough Foundation, Marietta College established the Bernard P. McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. The Center offered one of the first comprehensive undergraduate leadership programs in the United States.