Mission Statement

The Purdue University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to the total development of each of its student-athletes. One key component in their development is leadership. The John R. Wooden Leadership Institute is a vehicle to help young people grow and develop the tools to become tomorrow's leaders. It will utilize Wooden's own Pyramid of Success as its foundation. Purdue Student-Athletes will attend both classes and seminars as they focus on each of the strategic building blocks that Wooden thought so valuable.

Pyramid of Success Speakers Series

Speaker Pyramid Block
Gene Keady Loyalty
Bill Polian Competitive Greatness
Drew Brees Self-Control
Carolyn Peck Enthusiasm
Keith Krach Friendship
Duane Carlisle Condition
Matt Light and Rosevelt Colvin Friendship
Seun Adebiyi Team Spirit
Josh Bleill Poise
Tony D'Angelo Self-Control
Chris Herren Condition
Scott McGowan Intentness
Eric Thomas Skill
Jeff Immelt Team Spirit
Chico Jenson Industriousness


The John R. Wooden Leadership Institute will utilize resources developed by Coach Wooden. Resources will include the legendary Pyramid of Success, the teachings of Coach Wooden and books written by Coach Wooden. The curriculum will include a public service component during each year of enrollment at Purdue University.


Monthly meetings of the Boilermaker Athletic Council, monthly meetings of the Emerging Leaders, fall and Spring EDPS courses for freshmen student-athletes, transition programs for exhausted eligibility student-athletes, community service projects, D.I.S.C. Behavioral Assessment. This will be under the direction of Cathy Wright-Eger, leadership advisor with Purdue Athletics. The monthly seminars will be taught by current athletics department administrators, coaches, institutional administrators, alumni, and corporate leaders.

John R. Wooden Institute Certificate of Achievement

Purdue student-athletes that complete the John R. Wooden Institute curriculum will receive the prestigious certificate of achievement. At the conclusion of the senior year, student-athletes must write an essay describing their experience in the institute and how they plan to utilize the teachings in the future. The certificate of achievement will be presented each year at the Golden Pete Awards.


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