Welcome to Walnut Hill College’s Student Leadership Development Institute!


The Student Leadership Development Institute is dedicated to inspiring, mentoring, and leading as colleagues as we strive towards the growth and success of our learning community by representing the spirit of hospitality and professionalism at Walnut Hill College.”

The Student Leadership Development Institute (SLDI) at Walnut Hill College is dedicated to the development of future leaders in the hospitality industry. Students who graduate from the college with an associate degree in any of the college’s majors are eligible for the program. To be a part of the SLDI, students must be nominated by the faculty and staff of the college and be accepted into one of the college’s baccalaureate degree programs. Once nominated, students will be invited to apply to the Institute and engage in a rigorous selection process that includes an academic review, résumé and referencing, and an interview process.

Once accepted into the SLDI, our Student Leaders complete weekly leadership assignments in a variety of roles at the college. In return for their successful completion of these assignments, students are awarded a financial grant to be used toward tuition, housing, books, and other program needs. Student Leaders engage in a variety of leadership development activities, including:

  • Exclusive leadership workshops and seminars
  • Faculty mentoring programs
  • Fellowship coaching programs
  • Online journaling related to their leadership development
  • Development of a leadership portfolio
  • Civic engagement and community service activities

Walnut Hill College Student Leaders

Presenting Walnut Hill College's 2016 Student Leaders!
Here's a look at the 2015 Walnut Hill College Student Leaders!

The Student Leadership Development Institute’s Core Values

In the pursuit of our mission, the Student Leaders will embody these core values.

We strive to uphold the following in: 


Focusing our operational efforts to perform in the most sustainable way possible.


Strengthening the relationships between students and staff and between the WHC campus and University City. 


Encouraging lifelong learning by creating strong foundations of collegiate work and work ethic.


Exploring the opportunities of networking, teamwork, mentorships, and self-reflection.


Using positive and effective communication inside and outside of the classroom to meet goals.

Respecting others and ourselves, and keeping an open mind to new ideas, flavors, and experiences.

Student Leader Activities & Events

Student Leader Daniel Singer (second from the left) led an incredible campaign to help a local church raise food donations to serve a Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate!
Student Leader Cecelia Johnson-Chavis helping prepare some food for the Thanksgiving event held at the local church!
The donation table collecting food to donate to the local church!
Eager community members ready for a Thanksgiving feast!
Prepping food!
On Friday, October 28th, the Student Leaders and Sheraton Hotel in University City partnered for a truly inspirational event! Follow this link for photos of the event: https://flic.kr/s/aHskGHcXxT
In April of 2016, the Student Leaders went on a team building trip to Dutch Springs where they participated in various exercises that focused upon leadership, conflict resolution, and more!
Team building exercise at Dutch Springs in April of 2016.
Team building exercise at Dutch Springs in April of 2016.
Lunch during our team building trip to Dutch Springs in April of 2016.
Team building exercise at Dutch Springs in April of 2016.
Team building exercise at Dutch Springs in April of 2016.
The Sky Challenge during our team building trip to Dutch Springs in April of 2016!
Group photo after completing the Sky Challenge at Dutch Springs!

For more information, please contact:

David E. Morrow, M.S.

Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Hospitality Studies

Director of the Student Leadership Development Institute

(267) 295-2357


Joshua L. Seery, Ed.D. 

Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning

Associate Director of the Student Leadership Development Institute

(267) 295-2330