"If you are going to be a lever for change in this world, you need to be able to step up from every seat, at every level of your career,” said Carroll School of Management Dean Andrew Boynton. “We tell our students, if you want to make a difference, you need to learn how to lead.”
The Carroll School of Management’s Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics gives students the chance not simply to learn about critical issues in leadership, but to learn about these matters in conversation with individuals who have been called upon to publicly interpret or act on the most critical issues of our time: in commerce, politics, science, and cultural life.
Since its founding in May 2006, the Winston Center, in collaboration with the Clough Colloquium, the Chambers Lecture Series, the Jenks Leadership Program, and the Brennan Symposium, has brought to campus Col. Eileen Collins (USAF, ret.), NASA’s first woman shuttle commander; R. Nicholas Burns ’78, U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs; Nathaniel Fick, author of the best selling One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer; and Kenneth Hackett ’68, president of Catholic Relief Services, among others.
The center’s programming is atypical for a professional school in that it aims to draw, and influence, an audience from outside the school’s disciplinary focus. A recent program on bioethics, for example, included a theater department production, a film by a faculty member, and a panel discussion moderated by a University theologian. “Leadership isn’t an issue for business executives alone. We want people who are becoming doctors, teachers, and artists to think about leadership in their own professional and social contexts,” said Richard Keeley, the Carroll School’s associate dean who directs the center’s programming arm. “We want students to think about the leadership roles they’ve already had and to build on these experiences.”
The program is also distinctive because while the Carroll School of Management supports highly regarded MBA and graduate programs, the Winston Center’s central focus is the undergraduate student. Said Boynton, “Leadership is not simply a skill; it’s a habit of being, and the earlier in your life you begin to understand this, and to practice it, the more likely you are to become the kind of agent for improvement and progress that Boston College wants you to be.”
also in development
- Nurse Leader Program
- Center for Asset Management
- Teachers for a New Era
- Developing World Initiatives
- Master of Laws Program