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The Major General W. Thomas Rice Center for Leader Development

Medal of Honor recipient Melvin Morris speaks to the regiment in Burruss Auditorium.
Medal of Honor recipient Melvin Morris, a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class, shares his story in Burruss Auditorium.

Perhaps more than ever before, success in today's highly competitive society depends on leadership. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets' Rice Center for Leader Development strives to transform aspiring undergraduates into inspiring leaders. It does so through a comprehensive program of academic coursework, real-world leadership experiences, ethics education, public lectures, and guest speakers.

Virginia Tech is the first land-grant university in the nation to successfully combine the leadership development elements embedded within a corps experience together with existing ROTC curricular to produce a program of study so rigorous it has been recognized by the award of a minor in leadership studies. The center, however, does more than just study leadership; its primary mission is to train young men and women to lead while it fosters the growth of leadership-related programs and initiatives at the university.

Since its founding in 1872, the university has developed young men and women into military, business, and industry leaders. Our graduates include seven Medal of Honor recipients; nearly 100 generals; thousands of teachers, university professors, engineers, researchers, and medical professionals; and countless corporate and industry officers.

The mission of the Rice Center for Leader Development is to foster the next generation of public leaders by integrating theory and practice through scholarly dialogue and experiential learning in the areas of leadership, civic responsibility, service, and moral values to contribute to the development of informed and responsible individuals who are committed to making a difference in their nation and the world.

The center is named in honor of the late Maj. Gen. W. Thomas Rice (Class of '34, civil engineering), a railroad industry executive and rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.