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The White House Fellows Model

The Gordon Presidential Fellows Program is modeled on the highly competitive White House Fellowship, regarded as the nation’s most effective leadership development program.

Prior to his arrival at Gordon, President Lindsay conducted the first systematic study of this program, the results of which are available at www.whitehousefellowsproject.org. During the course of that research, President Lindsay determined that White House Fellows are 2.5 times more likely to assume positions of societal responsibility (such as leading a Fortune 500 firm) than are their peers.

A thorough review of the program revealed several key elements that made the White House Fellowship so successful in shaping the leadership horizons of Fellows. Informed by this unique line of research, President Lindsay and Gordon’s Cabinet have designed a program that will emulate the strengths of the White House Fellowship. Although several institutions have launched “presidential fellowship” programs in recent years, only the Gordon Presidential Fellows Program is based on the insights gained from this singular study. As a result, only students at Gordon College will be able to take advantage of this type of leadership development experience.

This will be the flagship program among the various leadership development initiatives on campus. Our aim is for Gordon to distinguish itself as one of the country’s strongest institutions for undergraduate leadership development, and the Gordon Presidential Fellows Program will play a key role in securing that reputation for the College.