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FHSU wins second leadership award

Special to The Hays Daily News

Fort Hays State University joined a rare group of universities that have received multiple Outstanding Leadership Program awards from the Association of Leadership Educators Inc.

Fort Hays' Center for Civic Leadership received the 2011 award at the July 10 to 13 national conference in Denver.

FHSU's Department of Leadership Studies also won the award in 2000.

"Only one other university has won two Outstanding Leadership Program awards, and that was Texas A&M," said CCL director Curt Brungardt. "We're extremely honored to receive this award. It's always nice when our hard work is recognized by others around the country."

The award is designed to recognize outstanding leadership programs in education. A "clear impact on leadership education must be shown," according to the organization's website.

"Past recipients of the award have included, but are not limited to, leadership majors, minors, certificate programs, organizations, leadership workshops/programs, youth development programs and adult leadership development programs.

"I think it also speaks a lot for FHSU that two different entities have now won the award, which tells us and also those beyond our campus that FHSU takes leadership education seriously and we have had a lot of success in this field," Brungardt said.

The CCL is a nationally recognized institute for citizen leadership development. Its many programs provide high-quality educational programs and initiatives designed to enhance civic leadership capabilities. The website is

The Outstanding Leadership Program award is selected by a committee from among the list of nominees.

"They said our comprehensive, co-curricular leadership program and the number of students served for the size of our university was impressive," Brungardt said. "They also cited the strength of what they called our 'learning objectives,' meaning the theoretical foundation of the program."