History of the Institute

The Institute for Leadership Advancement was added to the College of Business Administration (CBA) in 2012 following a $1 million gift from The J.M. Smucker Company. This gift allows the CBA to create innovative programs that engage students from the College of Business Administration with students from every major and discipline—we have an open door to anyone interested in learning about leadership and testing their abilities.

Because of the collaborative nature of the Institute and its focus on high impact experiences that effect the community positively, the College of Business Administration has turned one gift into many.

In 2016, The J.M. Smucker Company recommitted another $1 million gift to continue and build upon these successes.