President's Leadership Class

The President's Leadership Class (PLC) is a first-year leadership development program at Texas State University. PLC will develop extraordinary leaders who apply their unique approach to leadership throughout their lives, academic fields, professions, and communities.

Program Description

President Damphousse walking with students in front of Lampasas Hall

The President’s Leadership Class (PLC) is a selective leadership program for first year students entering Texas State University. Students will be hand-selected to participate in the President’s Leadership Class and given the opportunity to develop leadership skills and prepare for leadership roles on campus at Texas State University. PLCers will have the opportunity to interact with many of the campuses and state’s most influential and creative individuals.

The President's Leadership Class:

  • Guides its members to success during their time at Texas State.
  • Empowers them to positively impact the university and surrounding community.
  • Connects them with one another and the larger Texas State campus community.
students sitting around table with laptops open

PLC meets weekly for leadership sessions that provide opportunities for participants to interact and to learn from influential guest speakers – including community and campus leaders, athletics coaches, business executives, and political officeholders. PLC is a year-long workshop series where students discover and explore their strengths, develop authentic leadership, and learn how to lead with others.

PLC helps prepare you to be a leader on the TXST campus, as well as in your career and community post-graduation.  You will receive a $750 award upon successfully completing each semester ($1500 total for your first-year).  At the end of your sophomore year, you will be invited to participate in a 2-week study abroad trip, with PLC covering a significant portion of the cost.


Fall 2023 Be part of the Inaugural PLC!

We are looking for 30 students who wish to enhance their leadership skills and become more prepared for leadership roles on campus.

PLC Weekly Seminar

Students will complete the President’s Leadership Class through a cohort-style model, meeting weekly throughout the fall and spring semesters.

5:00 pm – PLC Dinner – On-Campus Dining
6:00 – 7:30 pm – PLC Weekly Seminar

US 1100 – Waived Credit

Students selected for the President’s Leadership Class (PLC) who successfully complete the program will receive a waiver of the US 1100 requirement. Many of the curricular elements of US 1100 will be incorporated into the PLC.

Study Abroad

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a special, two-week faculty-led study abroad program at the end of their sophomore year at Texas State University. During the program students participate in lectures, excursions, and cultural activities which will help them gain knowledge of the country that they visit.

Criteria for Participant Selection

Participant applications will be scored holistically based on the following criteria:

  • Attention to academics: Consideration given to a students’ potential to succeed in college and as a campus leader.
  • Engagement in student or community organizations: Consideration given to resume or essay highlighting the students’ activities.
  • Demonstrated experience or desire to become a leader at Texas State University.
    • Consideration given to essays from one of the two prompts:
      • Prompt 1: Describe one specific example of your leadership, including your leadership technique in this situation and what you learned from the experience.
      • Prompt 2: What leadership skills do you hope to develop if selected for the President’s Leadership Class (PLC), and how do you see yourself applying those skills in college and/or in your career?