SUNY Oneonta Students Recognized for Leadership

ONEONTA, NY — SUNY Oneonta recently recognized 356 students who attained one of three leadership levels in the college’s LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) program.

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All students can choose to participate in the LEAD program, which aims to better prepare them for life after college by providing a comprehensive picture of leadership and the skills needed to be a good leader.

There are three levels of leadership certification: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

To attain each level, students must meet a mix of programmatic and experiential leadership requirements, including attendance at educational events, and membership and leadership in one or more of SUNY Oneonta’s 100+ student-run clubs and organizations.

Completion of a leadership level is recognized on campus as a credential that can be used, for example, when running for office or applying for STEP (Student Travel for Excellence Program) funding.

The program also provides students with a leadership record that can be submitted to potential employers.

The following area students were recognized:

Kayla Distin of Fulton attained the Silver LEAD Level.

Emily McGinley of Phoenix attained the Platinum LEAD Level.

A liberal arts institution with a strong focus on undergraduate research, SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college has been named to Kiplinger’s list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for nine consecutive years, was ranked No. 2 on the 2014 Kiplinger’s list of “10 Best Public Colleges With Lowest Debt at Graduation” and sits at No. 9 on the 2015 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region.

The college enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs.