Published on July 7, 2023 by Sofia Paglioni  
Leadership Institute Attendees

Samford University alumni Mei Lin Dye '23, Andrew Mintz '23 and Timmy Cleveland '23, and current student Noah Letcher attended the prestigious Leadership Youth Leadership School in Washington, D.C., July 1-3.

The group from Samford was a part of only 300 students who were selected from applicants across the nation.

At the end of the weekend, participants completed 29 hours of training that covered a variety of topics. These topics and discussions included ethics in the public policy process, political technology and leadership principles which will serve them in their future careers. Dye said, “I feel like I walked away with valuable knowledge and a better understanding of how the political world works. It was definitely an added bonus to be with other Samford students.”

The Leadership Institute was founded by Morton Blackwell and has been training young conservative leaders since 1979.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.