We are leadership


Leadership is a core element in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. The programs and activities listed below are only a few examples of how we strive to foster leadership among the college, university, state, country and world.

Leadership programs

TALL and SALE-LE Programs

The TALL /SALE-LE programs provide leadership opportunities and aim to enrich leadership skills. The TALL program hopes to help ensure effective understanding and encourage positive action on key issues, theories, policy and economics that will advance the agriculture industry. The SALE-LE program creates an opportunity for 32 Texas AgriLife Extension employees to participate in a proven program for leadership development. This program enables Extension professionals to work more effectively and efficiently with volunteers and youth. Texas AgriLife Extension is dedicated to helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders and the SALE-LE program along with the Extension professionals play a significant role in the leadership development of youth within the community.

V.G. Young Institute

The V.G. Young Institute was created in 1969 to provide county officials with educational programs. Today, the institute offers continuing education schools for county judges and commissioners, county treasurers, county and district clerks, and county tax assessor-collectors. Through Texas AgriLife Extension the V.G. Young Institute is able to further educate and assist county officials by recognizing and addressing the challenges and responsibilities they face every day. Additionally, the Institute plays a crucial role in helping officials meet the needs of county governments in Texas.

Read more about TALL, SALE-LE and the V.G. Young Institute here.

Dr. Joe Townsend Leadership Fellows Program

The mission of the Dr. Joe Townsend Leadership Fellows Program states that the program “… is a prestigious, rigorous, and unique environment where selected students enhance their leadership skills in an arena – beyond the university — that supports the fellows’ trials, errors, and successes.” Fellows register for a 3-hour spring class, Advanced Professional Leadership Development. This program strives to cultivate executive leadership and employs intense leadership immersion techniques. Open to students of any major, the program is housed by the ALEC department and facilitated by Assistant Professor Jen Williams, Ph.D.

 Leadership in the classroom

University Studies—Leadership

One of few interdisciplinary undergraduate majors at Texas A&M, University Studies—Leadership, gives students the opportunity to customize their educational experience. With a 24 hour leadership concentration, USAL students choose two minors to accompany their leadership focus. Careers in non-profit organizations, law, politics, public service and the military are few of the many career options for those who graduate with a degree in University Studies. Visit this site to learn more about the USAL degree.

Agricultural Leadership and Development

The Agricultural Leadership and Development (ALED) undergraduate major gives students the opportunity to study leadership, communication and applied sciences of agriculture. Instructed by nationally-acclaimed faculty, students study leadership theory, team building, personal development, change theory and how to apply such concepts in real life through their leadership curriculum. To learn more about the ALED degree plan and curriculum, click here.

Hispanic Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment

The Hispanic Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment (HLAE) program is an effort to increase the number of leaders in the field of agriculture and environment across the world. A partnership between five universities including Texas A&M, the HLAE Fellowship works with graduate students pursuing either their M.S. or Ph.D. in recognized departments of the program. The ALEC Department assisted in the development of this program and is one of many departments across campus that works with the program to produce leaders with an interest in working with Hispanic populations.

Leading the Future

Sequor Youth Development Initiative

Initiated in 2009, the Sequor YDI is a collaborative effort between the ALEC Department, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program.

“The overarching goal is to meet the needs of public and not-for-profit agency managers, staff and researchers for science-based information to improve youth program staff competencies, program design and evaluation,” Chris Boleman, Ph.D., Co-chair of the Sequor YDI and Program Director of Texas 4-H and Youth Development said. “Our job is to continue to vision and plan for the future to ensure YDI is reaching the needs of the target audience(s) and maintain relevancy with youth after school programs and the professionals that provide leadership to them statewide.”

Read more about the Sequor YDI here.

Agricultural Science Teachers

Each year, through the undergraduate program in Agricultural Science (AGSC) and the Master of Education (MEd) graduate program, both offered through the ALEC Department, Texas A&M University sends approximately 60 agricultural science teachers back into the Texas Public Education System. These teachers, collectively, see approximately 6,000 new students per year. Through programs such as the  Texas FFA Association and in-class agricultural science curriculum, these teachers touch the lives of thousands of students by not only serving as leaders in the classroom, but also working hard to mold the youth of Texas into future leaders both in and out of the agricultural industry. Just one year of outputting 60 agricultural science teachers can lead to 60,000 young lives impacted across the state and nation over a 10 year span.


Every fall, the Future Agricultural Science Teachers (FAST) student group organizes and conducts the Aggiefest Leadership Development Events contest where FFA members from across the state can practice their LDE skills against one another.

Youth Adventure Program—License to Lead

Many ALEC faculty and administrators are involved in cross-campus collaborations. One example of such is Assistant Professor Lori Moore, Ph.D.’s involvement with the summer Youth Adventure Program , sponsored by the Department of Educational Psychology. Moore coordinated the License to Lead program for the 2012 YAP event to help teach Gifted and Talented students from across the state the importance of leadership. Click here to read more about those efforts.

Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program

When it comes to educating youth to become leaders in agriculture, ALEC faculty surface to the top of those who are capable of shaping young minds. One example of their service is the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program. The competitive program gives 4-H youth the opportunity to learn about the agricultural industry and how to stand up as an advocate and leader in the field. With a  focus on livestock production, the program works with some of the best of the best in Texas 4-H. Click here to read more about the department’s contribution to this esteemed program.

Living and Leading


The Cultural Leadership Understanding and Exploration for Sophomores program is a learning community developed in collaboration by the ALEC Department and the Department of Multicultural Services. Diversity is championed by the university and this program serves as an opportunity for sophomore students to immerse themselves as leaders in multiculturalism and diversity across campus.

Leadership Living Learning Communities

Leadership Living Learning Communities (L3C) serve as academic interest groups for freshmen at Texas A&M University. The L3C concept and development has been a result of a partnership between the ALEC Department and the Department of Residence Life. Distinguished as the “Leadership Program of the Year” in 2006 by the Association of Leadership Educators, the L3C helps develop freshmen students in leaders both on and off campus.

Leaders in Extension

Texas A&M AgriLife Leadership Development Program

The Texas A&M AgriLife Leadership Development Program (ALDP) serves to develop leaders throughout Extension through an 18-month instruction period. Participant outcomes include personal leadership development, advocacy and support for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and personal enrichment opportunities that will benefit these Extension members. The Organizational Development and Leadership sectors of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are housed in the ALEC Department.

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