William B. Turner Center for Servant Leadership
The William B. Turner Center for Servant Leadership houses the undergraduate Servant Leadership Program, the campus’s Food Pantry, and a variety of initiatives intended to reach all CSU students through Campus Collaborations. The Center was named in honor of the man responsible for bringing the philosophy of servant leadership to our campus and to the Columbus community, Mr. William B. Turner, in 2019.
Undergraduate Servant Leadership Program
The undergraduate Servant Leadership Program at Columbus State University is a comprehensive academic program committed to developing future leaders who practice the servant leadership philosophy. The students in our program are called fellows. Our fellows are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through exciting and innovative leadership classes, hands-on modeling of leadership practices, participation in community service projects, and much more. Scholarship students are competitively selected through an interview process and awarded a $1,250 stipend each semester for their successful completion of the program requirements.
The undergraduate Servant Leadership Program at CSU includes non-stipend students as well. The non-stipend students participate in the leadership seminars, participate in community service, and enjoy all of the same benefits that the stipend students in the program do, they just do not receive any scholarship dollars. As stipends become available, non-stipend students have the opportunity to apply for those openings in the program.
The Food Pantry at CSU
The mission of the Food Pantry at CSU is to support our students facing food insecurities. College is difficult enough, we want to be sure that our students do not have to worry about where they're going to get their next meal. Find out more by visiting our Food Pantry page.
Through our Campus Collaborations, we are able to reach more members of CSU community. This is important because of the fact that Servant Leadership is one of the university’s six core values, and we feel that it is our responsibility to ensure that every member of the CSU family has the opportunity to be exposed to the philosophy of servant leadership. We partner with a variety of departments in the areas of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Athletics to provide trainings and workshops on the topic of the practices and principles of servant leadership.
What is Servant Leadership?
The philosophy of Servant Leadership is the idea that leadership should ultimately come from a place of concern for others. The earmarks of Servant Leadership are love and compassion. Servant Leaders are expected to use their power and authority to encourage individuals to grow and achieve autonomy, which will then benefit the whole of an organization.