BB&T Leadership Initiative

The Lees-McRae BB&T Leadership Initiative is a new program at Lees-McRae College, obtained through a multiyear grant provided by BB&T. This campus-wide initiative will promote and expand leadership opportunities on campus; striving to positively affect students, faculty and staff.

The first step in developing this initiative is to survey all campus members (students, faculty and staff) to assess current leadership opportunities and areas of potential growth and development. The second step of the initiative will be to place emphasis and funding on leadership training and opportunities campus-wide.

College Strategic Goal #2

The BB&T Leadership Initiative looks to support the following goal from the current Strategic Plan:

To support academic, professional, and personal growth, the institution will emphasize experiential learning as fundamental to a Lees-McRae education.

  • Include and require appropriate experiential learning into the curriculum of all academic programs
  • Cultivate a network of external partners that can provide opportunities including internships, practical skills and employment.

Lees-McRae College Leader Definition

A Lees-McRae Leader is a dedicated, self-aware, value-based, inspiring individual who leads by example, exhibiting positive behavior in pursuit of superior results. They are invested in their own success as well as the success of Lees-McRae College, in order to implement positive change.

BB&T Leadership Initiative Goal

The BB&T Leadership Initiative’s goal is to support the growth, development and success of the Lees-McRae Leader through academic centered, experiential leadership engagement opportunities.


Academic Centered

Academic, knowledge-based learning will be at the center of leadership development at Lees-McRae.

Experiential Leadership

The Lees-McRae community will gain relevant leadership skills through experience-based, hands-on, authentic learning opportunities that contribute to skill development and values clarification.

Behavioral Indicators

Academic Centered

The Lees-McRae Leader will be able to:

  • Knowledge: Describe multiple qualities of a successful leader and illustrate significant traits and behaviors of leaders within the Lees-McRae Leader’s specific industry/career field
  • Analysis: Critically analyze personal leadership style

Experiential Leadership

The Lees-McRae Leader will be able to:

  • Self-Awareness: Cultivate a sense of self-awareness through identifying leadership competencies, vision, and values
  • Reflection: Conduct a focused reflection on personal leadership, industry/career leadership, and a personal pathway to successful leadership development

Contact Us

Katie Wall
Director of BB&T Leadership Initiative