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Norwich University Center for Leadership

Bringing current and future leaders together to make a difference ethically and globally.

Norwich University Center for Leadership serves Norwich students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community through collaboration with military, public, private, and non-profit organizations to advance leadership through academic programs, research opportunities, scholarly publications, and professional outreach services.


Norwich has been developing leaders for over 200 years through a broad array of academic programs. The Leadership Center (LC) prepares and educates future leaders to work with professionals in the community, public sector, private sector, and military with heightened focus, coordination and collaboration. Additionally, through research and development programs, the Leadership Center encourages current industry leaders to advance their leadership practices.


Leadership educators and practitioners widely agree the most important challenge in the leadership discipline is to bring theory and practice together, allowing more current academic and real-life leadership experience into higher education classrooms. The LC leverages Norwich’s vast leadership experience to serve Norwich students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members through academic, research, and professional development. Distinct from other centers and academic units, the LC serves as a hub for all leadership projects, programs, and research ideas currently offered at Norwich. It allows for unprecedented collaboration in all types of leadership pursuits.


Leadership is a program that enacts the Guiding Values of Norwich University. “We are dedicated to learning, emphasizing teamwork, leadership, creativity, and critical thinking.” In addition to business coursework, the minor draws from the humanities and psychology to produce graduates who will meet society's pressing need for leaders. Graduates will understand not only the role of the leader but, also just as importantly, the role of those who are led. In today’s increasingly complex world, one can neither go it alone nor lead by fiat. Successful managers must understand the complex requirements of people and organizations. Regardless of whether the student is planning to enter the civilian or the military world, the minor in Leadership will give the students the tools to succeed.

The Leadership Program prepares undergraduate students to become confident, global, and advance leaders through an interdisciplinary emphasis on real-world leadership perspectives. Civilian students and cadets with a BS in Leadership at Norwich will be ready to demonstrate global leadership skills in the public, private, or military spheres by having theoretical and practical preparation via internship and interactive classroom experiences. The BS degree program in Leadership provides Norwich students an opportunity to be creative, critical, and ethical leaders by having strategic and inclusive leadership as its main pillars and preparing students to be global leaders for the private institutions, public offices, and the military.

The National Society of Leadership and Success, NSLS, is the largest collegiate leadership honor society in the United States, with more than 700 chapters and over 1.5 million members nationwide. Norwich University’s NSLS chapter was founded in 2022. Since the chapter’s inception, 290 students of distinction have joined.

Following Norwich's mission and vision, which emphasizes honest and ethical leadership, the NU Annual Leadership Conference will provide a space to discuss, brainstorm, and share new leadership visions, explore new leadership strategies, and practice innovative leadership skills. Our goal is to build transformative leaders and to send them out in the world armed with the tools to grow themselves, their industry, and their communities.

NU peer-reviewed leadership journal publishes original research and articles related to leadership theory and practice.

The Leadership Excellence and Advancement Program (LEAP) is designed to invest and support our faculty and staff’s efforts to understand their professional leadership competencies so that they may be proactive in helping their colleagues, Norwich students, and our community.

The Norwich Leadership Institute provides pathways to federal service, private sector, and global organizations for all students to develop leadership competencies, adding value to their degrees and increasing the likelihood for career success. Housing two unique academies, Government Service Leadership Academy (GSLA) and Global Leadership Academy (GLA), these academies develop new leaders of strong character who are ethical, innovative, inclusive, and ready to lead in military, federal, private, and NGO environments. These academies run in parallel and align with the Corps of Cadets core leadership competencies.

The student leaders development program is designed to help student campus leaders to develop leadership skills and abilities.

The Global Leaders Development Program (GLDP) is designed to improve a global mindset and global leadership skills in first-year students in order to enhance their efforts to understand leadership principles, actions, and values from an international perspective so that they may be proactive during their years at Norwich in leading themselves, their peers, and the community by adopting a global mindset.

LEAD Day is a multidisciplinary leadership workshop(s) day offered to improve students practical, professional and academic leadership skills.

Dr. Pelin Kohn, Director of the Leadership Center

Dr. Pelin Kohn is a passionate leadership educator who has worked with corporate leaders and future leaders for twenty years. Before moving to teach at the Norwich Universitry, Dr. Kohn worked as an executive coach. She designed and implemented corporate workshops on leadership development and advancement. Dr. Kohn worked with global CEOs, middle management, and novice managers to improve their leadership.

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