New LEAD Program to Prepare Student Leaders

September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017 – For high school students looking for leadership opportunities in college, Bryan College’s new Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program will provide a perfect fit. The four-year program, which officially launches in the fall of 2018, will equip students with leadership skills and experiences to further make a difference for Christ in today’s world.

Students in the LEAD program will take leadership academic courses, participate in training and seminars from leadership experts, and serve in applied leadership roles in student organizations. While in the program, students will be able to major in any discipline offered at Bryan with the opportunity to earn a minor in leadership as well as a certificate upon graduation.

“My desire with this program is to help students maximize their God given talents,” said Chris Hawkins, director of the LEAD program. “I want to make sure that a student coming to Bryan College has the opportunity to learn exactly who they are in Christ and to sharpen their leadership skills through practical applications.” 

Requirements for students in the program include: demonstrated leadership ability in high school, cumulative GPA of 2.5+ with an ACT score of 18+, and a desire to honor Christ through service and leadership opportunities on campus.

“With the amount of biblical leadership training and experience that students in the LEAD program receive, we anticipate that they will naturally step into positions of leadership in their places of work and worship when they leave Bryan College thereby increasing their impact for Christ with those around them,” said Tim Hostetler, Vice President of Student Services and Ministries.

Hawkins, a 2003 Bryan alum, came to Bryan College after serving at the Christian Academy of Knoxville as a Bible teacher. While at the Christian Academy of Knoxville, Hawkins also taught a leadership class and served as the school’s head wrestling coach and an assistant football coach.

Scholarship opportunities will be available for students. For more information about the program, contact Chris Hawkins at or 423-834-1207.

“I am looking forward to 10 to 15 years down the road when we can see the fruit of the program,” Hawkins said. “To be able to see young movers and shakers out in the workforce wanting to impact culture for Christ gets me excited. I hope that this program will produce individuals who are capable leaders influencing the next generation for the kingdom.”


Written by Curtis Jolley