New George and Carol Bauer Leaders Academy to develop changemakers

Carol Bauer (center) meets with Sean Spinks, director of the Danforth Scholars Program (second from left); Julia Macias associate dean of the Office of Scholar Programs (far right); and Danforth Scholars in the Danforth University Center at Washington University in St. Louis. George and Carol Bauer are committed to helping all WashU students be leaders in their communities and careers. (Photo: Sid Hastings/Washington University)

Washington University in St. Louis alumnus George Bauer and his wife, Carol Bauer, of New Canaan, Conn., have made a $20 million commitment to establish and endow the Washington University in St. Louis George and Carol Bauer Leaders Academy, an innovative new initiative that places values-based leadership development at the center of the WashU experience for all students.

The academy will offer students opportunities to build leadership skills inside and outside of the classroom, Chancellor Andrew D. Martin said. Leadership, he added, is not about holding office or positions of power, but influencing and energizing others to reach a common goal.

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