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Leadership Program
(202) 885-6203
Ward Circle Building, Room 230

Leadership Program
Ward Circle Building, Room 230    4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016


SPA Leadership Program Director Paul Manuel

Welcome to the SPA Certificate Program in Advanced Leadership Studies! This program was launched in 1990 in order to offer students the experience, skills, and knowledge to prepare them for leadership roles in public service. Following a competitive application process, students complete the 15-credit course of study that culminates in a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. Our webpage details how the program takes students from the theory to the practice of leadership. Thank you for visiting.

Paul Christopher Manuel, Ph.D.
Director, School of Public Affairs Leadership Program & Professor of Government

Program Overview

The SPA Leadership Program: Bringing Theory to Practice

John F. Kennedy speaks at American University

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Quote from the speech that John F. Kennedy had planned to deliver in Dallas before his assassination on 22 November 1963.

Welcome Class of 2021!

SPA Leadership Class of 2021

Motivated. Collaborative. Empowering. These are just a few of the many excellent qualities within the SPA Leadership Class of 2021.

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Uncensoring China Panel held at AU

Murray Bessette, Adela Lan, Larry Liu, Burton Wides and Ning Xianhua take their seats as they discuss the recent events in China.

The Leadership Program invited scholars, activists, and a former political prisoner to discuss life under the Chinese regime.

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