Leadership Studies

Leadership Studies

The Tally Center for Leadership Development was founded in 1995 on the belief that our country urgently needs better leaders in all walks of life. Within the Tally Center students participate in innovative courses, student-led activities, campus and community events, and off-campus internships. In addition to leadership theory and practice, the Center emphasizes ethics, character, and civic responsibility. With its own in-house, certified facilitators, the Center also presents “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

The Tally Center sponsors the Leadership Pathway of the MU Journey enrichment program. Students participate in a number of opportunities to develop their leadership potential. The Leadership Fellows Program is part of the MU Journey. Freshmen and sophomores are nominated and selected based on their leadership potential and academic achievement. Fellows complete a series of core requirements to successfully complete the program.


To empower students for effective leadership by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, values, and abilities necessary to achieve positive change in community life and in the workplace.


  1. Students who graduate with a Leadership Studies Minor will demonstrate basic skills of personal and interpersonal leadership; will demonstrate knowledge of the theories and approaches to leadership; and will demonstrate the ability to analyze and understand contemporary issues of leadership.
  2. Students who graduate with a Church Leadership Minor will possess critical skills of personal and interpersonal leadership; will have a basic understanding of the Old Testament and the New Testament; and will be familiar with various systems of church government, ministry organization, theology, and worship.
  3. Students, staff, faculty, and community members who participate in one or more LSS courses or Tally Center sponsored events will have opportunities to increase their understanding and abilities of leadership.

Requirements for the Minor in Leadership Studies

Required Core Courses

  • LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 4700 Senior Internship (3 s.h.)

Leadership Electives

Select 6 s.h. from the following:

  • LSS 3250 Theories and Techniques of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3400 Issues in Contemporary Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3500 Youth Ministry Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3750 Future-Oriented Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 4600 Church Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 4850 Special Topics (or LSS 2850) (3 s.h.)

Interdisciplinary Electives

Select 6 s.h. from the following:

  • ACL 3400 Theories and Techniques of Effective Listening (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3600 Exploring Cross-Cultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3700 Results-Oriented Persuasion (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3710 Effective Interpersonal Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3900 Collaborative Conflict Management (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 1510 Management and Organization (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3750 Human Resource Management (3 s.h.)
  • ECO 3010 Entrepreneurship (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 4220 Twentieth Century American History (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 2200 Contemporary Ethical Problems (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 2010 State and Local Government (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3050 Democratic Principles and Theory (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3330 Public Administration (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3100 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3610 Social Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 2530 Global Social Problems (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3750 Small Group Communication (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3150 Helping Processes (3 s.h.)

Total 18 s.h.

LSS courses not counted as Leadership Electives may count as Interdisciplinary Electives.

With the approval of the program director appropriate courses may be substituted.

Contact the Leadership Studies Program

Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership
(910) 630-7488
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Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.
Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership

B.S., Florida State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida


Andrew Ziegler joined the full-time faculty of Methodist University in 1998. He helped design the MU Leadership Program in which students can receive a Minor in Leadership Studies or Church Leadership. Recently, he helped develop the Leadership Fellows Program.

In April 2014, Dr. Ziegler received the MU Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2017, he was named the Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership. His two favorite courses are LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership and PSC 4600 Political Science Senior Seminar.

Before coming to Methodist, Dr. Ziegler served as an Infantry officer in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He was commissioned through ROTC at Florida State University.

His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

One of his favorite Army assignments was teaching Political Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His advanced degrees are in Political Science from the University of Florida.

His publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals, a book chapter, and a co-edited book on comparative politics. He has also presented papers and served on panels at various academic conferences.

Currently, Dr. Ziegler serves on the board for Fayetteville’s Institute for Community Leadership and volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Alliance. Previously, he served on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Political Science Association.

Dr. Ziegler enjoys traveling, jogging, and dancing, and he is President of the Cape Fear Ballroom Dancers.

He and his wife, Kalli, have been married for over 40 years, and they reside in Fayetteville, NC.  They have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Research Interest:

Leadership development

(910) 630-7488
Trustees 103