The Center for Leadership | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • The Need

    America needs leaders. Desperately.

    It needs leaders who understand the dignity of the human person, the sanctity of life, and role of faith in shaping the social order.

    It also needs leaders who understand both natural law and divine law, who have been schooled in the virtues, and formed in the truth. 

    And it needs leaders with practical competence who are capable of making the hard choices, doing the right thing, and sacrificing themselves for the good of others and the nation. 

    It doesn’t, however, just need those leaders in Washington. It needs them everywhere, in every walk of life, transforming both Church and culture as doctors and lawyers, journalists and corporate executives, artists and academics. That is the unique vocation of the laity: to transform the social order from within, to be salt and light and leaven in the world.

    The Mission

    Through the Center for Leadership, Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to raising up a new generation of Catholic leaders who can do just that, recognizing as its former president, Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, once asked, “If Franciscan University doesn’t produce leaders for tomorrow, who will?”

    Founded in 2011, the center seeks to equip a select group of Franciscan undergraduate students for the unique challenges of leadership in the 21st century. 

    Drawing from a broad cross-section of academic majors, the program offers formation in the principles of effective leadership, the virtues, Catholic social teaching, the philosophy of the human person, and America’s founding principles. It also offers practical training in the skills necessary for exercising life-long Christian leadership in the world.

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