University hosts first leadership summit

TCU is hosting an inaugural student leadership summit starting today that will bring together student delegates from Mountain West Conference schools to discuss issues ranging from crisis management to greener campuses, summit organizers said.

The summit, which will take place today and Friday, is a result of a collaboration between TCU and the University of Utah, SGA president Thomas Pressly said.

Blake Billings, a senior finance major and assistant summit director, said TCU was chosen to host the summit because of the Student Government Association’s initiative in getting the event rolling and recruiting the other schools to participate.

About 40 student delegates are set to attend from seven of the nine MWC schools.

Junior strategic communication major and summit director Traci Clayton said she hopes the summit will unite the schools of the Mountain West Conference.

“TCU is very honored to be able to host the summit here at our campus and hopes that all the student leaders will be able to form relationships, learn from each other’s mistakes and help be able to solve each other’s problems,” Clayton said.

Students were required to pay $195 in order to attend the event, a fee which includes lunch and dinner for two days, all sessions and materials, transportation during the summit and trips to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Pressly said. The University of New Mexico and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas will not be attending this year’s summit because of scheduling conflicts associated with the beginning of their respective schools’ semesters, he said.

All summit discussions will take place in the Brown-Lupton University Union, Billings said.

Clayton said there are no definite plans for the next summit, but the idea is to have a different school host the event every year.