Miami University

Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute

OPPORTUNITY: From late 2004 through early 2005, Fran consulted and helped develop the high school leadership conference “Finding the Leader in You” presented on April 14, 2005 in collaboration with Miami University students and staff.

RESULTS: In addition to serving as a consulting member of the faculty planning team, Fran worked closely with the student planning team. A one-hour pre-conference training was also designed and delivered to all the Leadership Assessment and Workshop Facilitators (who were Miami University students from the Buck Rodgers Leadership Program). Eight different area high schools participated in the day-long program.

Students acquired a foundation on which to build and shape their ideas for the best way to implement a leadership program.”
Anita Williams
Anita Williams, Principal
Winton Woods High School, Ohio
“KICK IT IN was a very fun-filled hour that taught me to look closer at my leadership style and to evaluate others’ styles. Fran was so energetic and captured my attention through every minute. He kept us laughing, moving, and especially thinking during the entire hour.”
Melanie Nelson
Melanie Nelson, Miami University Student
Buck Rodgers Business Leadership Program
“Today I attended a leadership workshop entitled ‘KICK IT IN!’ It was very interesting and I absolutely felt empowered when I left. I was extremely impressed by Fran’s enthusiasm.”
Matt Schindler
Matt Schindler, Miami University Student
Buck Rodgers Business Leadership Program


Miami University Harry T Wilks Leadership Institute


Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute

The Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, created in 2002 on the campus of Miami University (Ohio), develops ethical and transformational leadership in students to ensure graduates are prepared and inspired to serve and lead beyond the University.

The Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute is the hub for leadership development in the Division of Student Affairs and plays a central role in creating a culture of leadership at Miami University. The programs, initiatives, and opportunities provided by the Institute are guided by core values of ethics, authenticity, student-centeredness, professionalism, inclusion, and collaboration.