Welcome to the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character!  Founded in 2000, the Institute’s goal is to promote scholarship and teaching in the areas of leadership and ethics throughout the KSU campus community and beyond.  We offer opportunities for those interested in leadership and ethics through our Visiting Scholar programs and invite other researchers to consider collaborating on projects with us.  Our programming consists of both internally and externally focused workshops, grants, conferences, and book and film discussions that introduce interested parties to important work being done related to ethics.  The Institute’s Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Ethics is a 15-hour graduate study program designed to prepare students for ethical leadership in a variety of ways. We also offer topical research opportunities through our Siegel Institute Ethics Research Scholar program.  These are groups of faculty, undergraduates, and graduates who study a different ethical issue each semester.  

I hope that you will take a moment to learn more about the Siegel Institute.  Our newly designed website highlights the Institute’s professional development, research, and resources in leadership and ethics, as well as opportunities to support and partner with us.   Please contact us for more information.

-Dr. Linda M. Johnston, Executive Director

Students and Scrappy


After more than 20 years of facilitating leadership and organizational strategy for private and public institutions, I felt the need to explore ethics and leadership at a deeper level. The leaders I work with face competing goals, scarce resources, and difficult choices that require them to be skilled in ethical decision-making. It only takes a glance at the news headlines to see the need for highly ethical leaders. Fortunately, a colleague recommended the Siegel Institute, a treasure at my own university.

The Siegel Institute’s Exclusive Certificate Program’s combination of on-line and hybrid courses allowed me to pursue studies without interruption to my duties as a university administrator. The experienced professionals and professors teaching the classes made the content current, relevant, and applicable in every class. The directed study option allowed me to research topics directly applicable to my current and future professional interests.

The curricula provided the additional skills and knowledge I sought, and allowed me to apply the learning to my own training, consulting and coaching practices for the immediate benefit of my clients. It has also instilled in me an interest to continue learning more about how ethics intersect with effective leadership. I recommend this program to aspiring and experienced leaders in any professional arena.

Kevin D. Gecowets – Director

The Center for University Learning

Kennesaw State University