CMU Senior Geofrey Bilabaye Honored

Will attend Hesselbein Global Academy

bilabayeGeofrey Bilabaye, a senior at Central Methodist University, has been selected to attend the 2014 Hesselbein Global Academy at the University of Pittsburgh, to be held July 26-29.

Only 50 top students from around the world are chosen to participate each year. The students are accomplished campus leaders who have been involved in a range of campus and community programs and service-learning.

Bilabaye has served as president of the CMU Student Government Association, president of the campus chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society, and student representative on the Honors Committee at CMU. He also works as a mathematics tutor and a student assistant at the library.

In addition, Bilabaye has played soccer for Central, works on the Collegian student newspaper, belongs to ENACTUS (formerly SIFE: Students in Free Enterprise), and belongs to a social fraternity.

The purpose of the Hesselbein Global Academy is to help students learn to be effective, ethical, and innovative leaders. The students will work alongside distinguished mentors who will share their expertise and provide dynamic leadership training. Students should emerge from the academy with the skills and experience to excel as global leaders.

The Academy was created by Frances Hesselbein, one of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development. She joined with the University of Pittsburgh and her colleagues worldwide to strengthen leadership among college students.

“This is one of the greatest honors I have had in my life,” Bilabaye writes. “[It] is a wonderful opportunity for me to represent both my school, Central Methodist University, and my home country, Tanzania, at such a global and international scale.”

He appreciates CMU for “helping me believe that I could be a greater version of myself.”

Currently president and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (formerly the Leader to Leader Institute), Hesselbein was its founding president and has served as chair of the board. Earlier, she was CEO of the Girls Scouts of America and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.


Posted June 30, 2014