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Welcome from the Director

Dr. Jerry D. Hubbard

As chief executive of the Howard Hughes Corporation, John Goolsby succeeded by standing firm on a strong foundation built of character, integrity, and courage. John recognized that leaders who truly make an impact on their organizations are bound by strong ethical values, a cornerstone principle at The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Business. This shared principle developed into the John and Judy Goolsby Leadership Academy, which was created as a forum for young scholars to discover their full potential through a “strength-based” approach to leadership development.

Established in 2003, the John and Judy Goolsby Leadership Academy is a vital institution within one of the nation’s largest and most prolific business schools. The Academy is home to two programs: the Goolsby Emerging Leader Program (2003) and the BNSF Early Leader Program (2015). These programs are incubators, where young leaders identify and develop their specific leadership strengths. In the Academy, Scholars interact with distinguished business faculty and numerous executive leaders from who not only share their wisdom but also inspire and mentor the Scholars.

The Academy brings together a cohort of the College’s high-achieving and diverse undergraduates as they prepare for their lifelong journey of leadership. The experience-focused curriculum favors both self-discovery and learning in problem-based coursework while challenging the Scholars to process information and to apply knowledge to current business situations.

As the Director of the Academy, I am especially proud of the level of excellence the Academy programs continue to achieve. I believe with the extensive leadership training our students receive, the Goolsby Scholar will be successful both personally and professionally when facing familiar and unknown challenges as tomorrow's business leader.

Jerry D. Hubbard