Leadership expert from Yale and West Point will head new institute funded by largest gift in school’s history.

leadership-riceRice University is planning an unconventional approach to developing students into leaders with a $50 million gift from venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann, through their private family foundation.

Retired Brig. Gen. Tom Kolditz, who has headed leadership training at Yale and West Point, will direct the Doerr Institute for New Leaders to maximize the leadership capabilities of all students at Rice.

The Doerr Institute for New Leaders will offer each student an innovative combination of proven, timeless techniques together with modern, next-generation practices. The strengths of each student will be assessed and their potential will be developed in a four-year comprehensive, custom-made plan of classroom instruction, hands-on, real-world experience and guidance from personal coaches.

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