GLC moves into new home, adds associate director

Gettysburg College’s Garthwait Leadership Center (GLC) is growing. This winter, the GLC moved into its new home on the ground floor of Plank and added an associate director to its leadership team, Katherine McDonagh.

To Andy Hughes, director of the GLC, the changes are yet another example of how the program is working to equip students and alumni with the knowledge, experiences, and resources needed to be active leaders in the 21st century.

GLCPlank_Andy“The new location for the GLC will honor the Garthwait family gift in a tangible way,” Hughes said. “It provides the student staff (leadership mentors) a place to execute their work, which involves coaching other students, hosting event planning meetings, and facilitating workshops.”

Previously headquartered in the College Union Building, the GLC now neighbors the Office of Experiential Education, providing unique opportunities for student collaboration and leadership discussions.

In her new role, McDonagh hopes to help facilitate this intercampus dialogue and encourage Gettysburgians to reflect on their passions and apply their talents ethically to the workforce.

“The Garthwait Leadership Center and their partners have created an enriching experiential and intellectual environment that cultivates student and young alumni leadership skills,” she said. “Andy and the GLC have done an incredible job building this program and I look forward to continuing this great work.”

McDonagh, a former assistant director of the Institute for Leadership at Mount St. Mary’s University, also believes the GLC is ideally positioned to make a positive impact in a world craving strong leaders.

GLCPlank_Katherine“Our society has a leadership void. We need more value-based, collaborative leadership, and the GLC provides it,” McDonagh said. “The GLC offers opportunities to build leadership skills, develop greater self-efficacy, and work collaboratively with others—all traits central to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom.”

Hughes is excited about the direction of the GLC, not only for the spring semester, but also well into the future.

“Since the founding of the GLC in 2010, we have seen a steady increase in the number of students and young alumni who are interested in developing their leadership skills,” he said. “As a pivotal member of the GLC staff, Katherine will enable the GLC to meet the needs of these Gettysburgians and enhance the tradition of leadership development at Gettysburg College.”

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Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Mike Baker, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6521.

Posted: Thu, 6 Feb 2014

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