O’Pake Institute Expands Leadership Vision


The O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service at Alvernia University is expanding its scope, and will now house the university’s Department of Leadership Studies, the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Leadership Berks in addition to continuing to sponsor an array of leadership events, community-based research projects, and outreach efforts to state and federal government.

In addition to continuing its important partnership work with community organizations, the O’Pake Institute will oversee the university’s Expert in Residence programs, which bring business executives, public officials and educators to campus to engage in classes, lectures and student workshops. The university’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Leadership Berks program will also seamlessly move under the umbrella of the O’Pake Institute, continuing their missions to engage the business community and local leaders serving on nonprofit boards and committees.

The O’Pake Institute will continue to provide mentoring support and programming for all on-campus Reading Collegiate Scholars, as well as programs offered through Alvernia’s Washington Center partnership. It will now also coordinate leadership programs sponsored by the campus’ university life and athletic departments, including the Ignite and Athletic Progressive Leadership programs. The popular leadership film series, and annual O’Pake and Batdorf ethics lectures will also continue to be offered by the Institute, free and open to the public.

Now integrated into the Institute, Alvernia’s Department of Leadership Studies continues to sponsor both undergraduate leadership programs and Alvernia’s four graduate programs: the PhD in Leadership, and Master’s of Arts programs in Educational Leadership, Organizational Leadership, and Sustainable Communities.

“The work of the O’Pake Institute as a whole is designed to enhance support for students and develop “ethical leaders with moral courage,” said Director David Myers.

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