In 1990 a major local bank approached Highland with an idea for celebrating, with a gift of some enduring significance, its 100th anniversary. The Highland Leadership Institute was created to develop and sustain a network of local leaders. Alan Wenzel, a Speech Communicator faculty member, was appointed director and in 1991, the first class was named. Each year since then, the Leadership Institute has offered from 20 to 40 community leaders a program of leadership skill building and community awareness.
For more information about the annual application process, contact the Leadership Institute.
Jo Daviess Leadership Forum
Citizens of Jo Daviess County approached the college in 2000 with a request to develop a community leadership program in their county. A local Steering Committee was formed, the Highland Foundation provided funding, and in 2001, the program began with a first class of 17 local community leaders. The Forum is dedicated to developing a diverse group of capable and committed leaders.