Delta State alumnus William Simpson is one of 60 scholars selected to participate in the inaugural class of The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a leadership development initiative supported by former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
The program allows scholars like Simpson to interact with distinguished professors and former administrative officials as a way to develop their talents. The initiative also utilizes the presidential centers of Bush, Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.
The program is non-degree bearing, entails approximately 100 hours of informative sessions and case studies, and covers expansive approaches to leadership theory while drawing upon examples from recent presidents.
While in the scholars program, Simpson aims to develop the skills he uses daily as deputy administrator at the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
Simpson, who graduated in 2000 with a degree in social science, is a Jackson resident who grew up in Clarksdale.
He is also involved in a leadership project, the Oakley Youth Development Center. As part of the initiative, Simpson reaches out and aids troubled youth. Simpson is a former SGA president at Delta State
The inaugural class will graduate at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas in July.
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