About CLIMB     


The mission of the Center is to foster the development of effective leaders at all levels: individual, team, organization, and community. This mission is achieved by promoting innovative leadership research and by offering educational programs and mentoring opportunities to current and aspiring leaders.


  • Conduct research on leadership and related areas such as mentoring
  • Present papers at professional conferences
  • Develop student awards for leadership
  • Promote student and faculty interactions with business leaders
  • Organize and support leadership seminars
  • Create collaborations with other leadership centers, both domestic and international
  • Offer leadership development programs


Executive Director
Rajnandini (Raj) Pillai, Ph.D.
Management and Organizational Behavior

Jeffrey C. Kohles, Ph.D.
Management and Organizational Behavior

Faculty Associates
Bennett Cherry, Ph.D.
Kathleen Watson, Ph.D.

Research Affiliates
Michelle C. Bligh, Ph.D.
Claremont Graduate University

Troy Nielson, Ph.D.
BYU, Marriott School

Mohammad Oskoorouchi, Ph.D.
Acting Dean
College of Business Administration