Mission, Vision and Values


The Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute develops ethical and transformational leadership in Miami University students to ensure graduates are prepared and inspired to serve and lead beyond the university.

The Golden Circle

Core Purpose

Inspire Action


Through specificity and intentionality of programming, application of theory, leadership development, and teaching/coaching to exercise leadership


Robust and innovative leadership development programming


The Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute aspires to be one of the top undergraduate leadership centers in the country. The Institute is committed to the development of ethical and transformational leadership with a student-centered approach. As the leading voice for student leadership at Miami University, the Institute will establish and leverage relationships with stakeholders to advance a synergistic and intentional culture of leadership development. The success of the Institute will positively impact other initiatives in the state, region and nation, resulting in partnerships that advance practice and knowledge around holistic student leadership development.


The Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute embraces the philosophy put forth in the research on Positive Institutions. This includes an emphasis on justice, responsibility, civility, nurturance, work ethic, leadership, teamwork, purpose and tolerance. In addition to this commitment, we are also guided by the following: 

  • Ethics
  • Authenticity
  • Student-Centeredness
  • Professionalism
  • Inclusion
  • Collaboration