Program Overview

The Dean’s Leadership Fellows Program was created in 2018 to enhance the leadership development of top scholars entering Leeds. Through the establishment of a strong cohort community, foundational skill development, and design thinking principles, the two-year program aims to support students to become forward looking leaders and innovative problem solvers.

Program Components

  • A first-year seminar course and fall leadership retreat with Dean Smith

  • A special DLF section of our First-Year Global Experience (FGX) course that will travel abroad in the spring, and a $1,000 scholarship to use towards the DLF global experience

  • Access to a limited number of reserved spaces in the Leeds Residential Academic Program (RAP) for housing

  • Mentoring connections with sophomore DLF students

  • Professional and leadership development opportunities, including workshops and specialized courses towards a leadership certificate

  • Regular social events and gatherings

How to Join DLF

Invitations to join DLF are sent to a select group of admitted students, chosen based on academic achievement and leadership exhibited throughout the high school career, by March 1st each year. Questions about the program or selection process? Please contact

Meet Associate Dean Al Smith

Al Smith

Al Smith is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs at the Leeds School of Business. During his career, Smith has designed and developed a variety of programs and services that improved student success and learning. Most notably Smith has been responsible for directing a campus wide freshman seminar program, coordinating an academic intervention program that drove student retention, creating a variety of student leadership programs, and improving student satisfaction in a variety of student services areas. In addition to serving in these leadership roles, Smith has published articles, presented nationally/ internationally on a variety of student development related topics, and has authored a textbook on the first year experience.

Meet the current Dean's Leadership Fellows to learn more about them.