Austin College created the Leadership Institute in 1995 to provide young people the opportunity to explore effective, value-based leadership through a combination of reflection and scholarly and experiential learning that would enable and equip them to implement the understanding, responsibilities, and actions of effective leaders in their own communities. By observing leadership throughout the world and interacting with local, national, and world leaders, Austin College students gain an understanding of individual and organizational leadership at various levels and the importance of global service.
In 2003, the Institute was named The Posey Leadership Institute to honor Lee and Sally Posey of Dallas, Texas, who have served as mentors to many students and have demonstrated a selfless example of leadership in their community.
Austin College formally launched the Posey Leadership Award in 2005, naming its first honoree in 2006. The Posey Leadership Award honors an outstanding individual who has demonstrated the principles of servant leadership by:
- taking a courageous stand on a public policy issue that advances a humanitarian or educational purpose,
- serving the youth of a state, nation, or international community to improve the quality of health, educational, or community services, or
- by creating opportunities for young people that help them enhance their educational experience and move to a new level of service to society.
Nominations for the award are reviewed by a selection committee and final selection is made by the Austin College Board of Trustees. Make a nomination.
Nominees for the award are leaders from all levels who reflect the principles noted above. His/her leadership position will have placed him/her in a unique and special position among leaders throughout the world. The individual receiving the Posey Leadership Award reflects:
- a life that demonstrates the level of integrity that is evident in the ethical framework of Austin College
- an understanding of value-based leadership that is demonstrated in his or her leadership activities
- a level of leadership that denotes courage and vision for the development of a community
- a personal and professional life that denotes an understanding and exhibits the common values evident in the principles of responsibility, respect, caring, gratitude, and service
- a life that can be characterized by an understanding and commitment to service to the local, state, national and/or international community.