IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa freshman Molly Torchia of Princeton has recently completed a semester-long leadership class taught by U of I President Sally Mason. Torchia, a 2011 Princeton High School graduate and the daughter of Mike and Suzanne Denton of Princeton, was one of 30 out of a thousand incoming freshmen selected to take the class. Selection was based on the applicants’ high school grade point averages, leadership and activities and a written essay about their leadership philosophy.
The President’s Leadership Class gave freshmen an opportunity to discover new leadership opportunities at the U of I and build on their previous experiences. Class activities included discussions with university administration, alumni, local and state political leaders and current student leaders. In addition, students had several opportunities to dine at the president’s residence with Mason and other dignitaries. The class also had the opportunity to watch the Hawkeyes play football from the president’s suite in Kinnick Stadium.
Torchia belongs to the President’s Leadership Society, which continues to build on the leadership skills acquired from the class. The society provides opportunities for applying that growth through its three pillars: servant leadership, career exploitation/growth and personal/professional relations. In addition to being a full-time student, Torchia is also employed by the Office of the President at the University of Iowa.