2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook


The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business

Website: https://www.marietta.edu/mcdonough-center

Interim Dean of the McDonough Center: Alexandra Perry (akp004@marietta.edu)

Administrative Coordinator: Kristi Cowdery (klc012@marietta.edu)

Director of Community Engagement: Amy Elliott (ace003@marietta.edu)


2023-2024 Fitzgerald Executive in Residence (EIR): Sadhana Hall

2023-2024 Schwartz Leader-in-Residence (LIR); Joanita Senoga

The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business, endowed by a gift in memory of Bernard P. McDonough, a local industrialist, has been designed to allow students to study leadership through a multi-disciplinary liberal arts perspective. The underlying theme that guides the Center’s mission is its commitment to civic engagement and the development of thoughtful leaders. A student’s participation in the McDonough Leadership Program can take several forms:

  • Major in Global Leadership Studies (GLS)
  • Minor in Leadership Studies (MLS)
  • Certificate in Leadership Studies (CLS)
  • Engineering Leadership Certificate (ELC)
  • Teacher Leadership Certificate (TLC)
  • Enrolling in a Leadership-designated course

Students pursuing the Global Leadership Studies major, the minor/certificate in Leadership Studies, as well as the Engineering or Teacher Leadership certificates, are named McDonough Scholars. Admission to the McDonough Scholars Program (GLS, MLS, CLS, ELC, and TLC) is competitive. Criteria for admission into the McDonough Scholars Program: (1) strong record of academic achievement; (2) evident record of leadership in high school and/or in the community; and (3) thoughtful and complete answers to the questions in the McDonough application form.

Students admitted into the McDonough Scholars Program described above complete a one-week EXCEL (Experience Civic Engagement and Leadership) Workshop before taking the first course in the program.