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James R. Meindl Student Leadership Award

At the conclusion of each academic year, The Center for Leadership, Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) honors a graduating senior from the College of Business Administration who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or mentorship in school, at work, and/or in the community. This year’s award is generously sponsored by Emilie and Mark Hersh.

This prestigious award is named after James R. Meindl, whose unique research and teaching in the area of leadership had a tremendous impact on the field and inspired many of his students and colleagues alike.

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James R. Meindl

Nomination for the Award

Spring 2024 Nominations due by March 3rd!

The winner should exemplify elements of the CLIMB's mission:

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.

Nominee Requirements:

  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership/mentorship in school, at work, and/or in the community.
  • Must be a CoBA undergraduate student graduating within the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit required statement and references (nominees will be emailed guidelines after the close of nominations).
  • Be available for an interview with the selection committee (top candidates only).

Nominator Requirements:

  • Faculty member, student, or self nominations are accepted.
  • Fill out the form below which contains contact information for both the nominee and the nominator (including e-mail addresses) and the reason for the nomination.
  • Nominations due by March 3, 2024.
     Nomination Form

Award Guidelines

  • Winner will be awarded $600 and be recognized by the College of Business Administration.
  • One award will be given each academic year.
  • The selection committee is comprised of CLIMB associates, including faculty and CoBA alumni.

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