October 14-16,  2022

Pat J. Bosco

The Center for Leadership Development Incorporated, sponsor of this annual event, offers unique affordable programs for today’s leaders. Pat J. Bosco, Ph.D., founder of the Center has over 50 years of experience in higher education.  As Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, his responsibilities included: undergraduate admissions, new student services; student financial assistance, including scholarships; career services, academic coaching; housing and dining services; LGBT Resource Center; the Student Union; K-State Childcare; recreational services; the student health center; student organization; registrar; parent and family programming; university counseling center; the campus food pantry; diversity programming; student crises services; and student life fundraising.  He has touched every aspect of student life at Kansas State University through other roles – Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement/Dean of Students, Assistant Vice President for Educational and Student Services, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Student Activities. 

Dr. Bosco is a 1969 graduate of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse  New York where he championed the voter 18 movement and was elected president of a state-wide student association representing 32 community colleges and 200,000 New York State community college students.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State University in 1971; a Master of Science in Educational Administration from K-State in 1973; and his Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Nebraska in 1982.  As an undergraduate, he was elected student body president and was the first student member of the faculty senate at K-State. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and an Army ROTC distinguished military graduate commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant.

During Dr. Bosco’s tenure at K-State, enrollment grew nearly 25,000 from 17,000 and the university broke records for freshmen retention, graduation rates, job placement, and diversity.   The university became the number one choice among Kansas high school seniors and remains so today.  He is the only person in school history to serve on five presidents’ cabinets, and as Dean of Students, he has the longest tenure at any Big 12 University.  He has served as an adviser to student organizations including the Student Governing Association and the Blue Key National Honor Society.

Dr. Bosco created one of the nation’s first Centers for First Generation, and the K-State Parent and Family Association.  He was one of three founders of the university’s leadership studies program, which has become one of the largest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the nation   Each year, the Stanley School of Leadership Studies and Programs recognizes a graduating senior as the Pat J. Bosco Outstanding Student Leader.  Additionally, each year, the K-State women’s basketball team presents the Pat J. Bosco outstanding student-athlete award, and the university’s Parent and Family Association have established a scholarship in his honor.

Among his other honors is being named a National Residence Hall Honorary member. He received the Acacia Frank Carlson Award; the Sigma Lambda Beta Exemplary Role Model Award; the Robert S. Krause ATΩ Outstanding Campus Leader Award; the 2000 Excellence in Dedication Award from the Kansas City Alumni Club for his quarter-century of administrative service to the university; and was inducted into the Kansas State University ROTC Hall of Fame. He was named one of Manhattan Kansas’ Most Admired People in 2004 by Ingram’s Magazine.  Dr. Bosco was recognized as the American Fraternity Advisors Outstanding University Administrator in 2016, and in 2017; was the recipient of the Kansas State University football team’s Outstanding Appreciation Award; the university’s “Service to Students” Award; and two national Alumni Distinguished Service Awards from his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi. The 2019 K-State Marching Band’s Lifetime Legacy award and the Blue key National Honor Society’s Distinguished Service Award.  Most recently he was awarded the 2020 Kansas Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture Award given to individuals who have made significant contributions to KFB and/or agriculture.

Dr. Bosco recently retired as one of the most recognized student life administrator in the nation. His demonstrated commitment in all areas of student life is expressed in the many keynotes, workshops, conferences and consulting opportunities he engages in each year.  His book, Boscology 101: The Art of Authentic Leadership encapsulates the half-century of practical lessons and perspective he has shared with students.  The original format came in the form of a podcast called Boscology 101 in 2019.  The book is available on print and audio through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Rakuten kobo and the K-State Student Union Campustore.

During the annual WeAreSGA conference, Dr. Bosco is joined by successful student leaders, faculty members and administrators from throughout the country. We encourage you to learn about them from the list below.

Leadership presenters:

Bernard Franklin, Ph.D. – Fellow, Harvard University Advanced Leadership Program; Former President, Penn Valley Community College

Terri “Ms. H” Houston, Director, Student Success, HelloCollege; former Senior Director of Diversity, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Adrian Rodriguez, Vice President for Student Engagement and Success, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX

Trum Simmons, Emeritus Professor of English & Journalism, Harrisburg Area Community College

Henry Nugent, Retired Executive, NCR Corporation

Paul J. Mintner, Consultant, Learning & Organizational Development, University of Missouri System

Michelle Simmons, Editor, Publications, Dickinson College (PA)

Chris Bosco, Vice President of Digital, SMG

Levi Esses EdD, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, Mount St. Mary’s University (MD)

Madaí Rivera, Associate Director, Center for Leadership Development; Former Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Kansas State University

Mary Heinrich, Director, Philanthropic Strategy and Communication, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Rachel Esses, Associate Director, Center for Leadership Development

Emily Lehning, PhD.  Co-founder, Roots & Legacies.

We welcome guest presenters at this year’s conference. Advisors or student leaders who have a program or topic proposal may contact Dr. Bosco at