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About Us

We are a service organization that develops leaders and impacts our community.

The SIU Leadership Development Program is designed to develop the next generation of technical leaders through leadership coaching, one-on-one and peer mentoring, and community service. You can start your path in the LDP as an SIU Sophomore or as a Transfer Student. Each starting point leads to the same destination, becoming a leader!

We are proud to be one of the few STEM colleges nationwide to offer a program that provides a direct bridge from classroom training to a successful career as a technical leader.



The Leadership Development Program was founded in 2006 by Dick Blaudow, an SIUC engineering alumnus and founder of Advanced Technology Services based out of Peoria, IL, and his wife, Brigitte.

With a focus on the vision, mission and core values that help guide our tradition of excellence, we have continued to expand and improve the LDP program.

Vision: To become the premier university leadership program that empowers and transforms people and organizations around the world.

Mission: Through team work, we achieve excellence by pushing harder, faster and further in everything we do.

Motto: Challenge yourself. Change the world!

Core values: Our S.H.A.R.E.D. values are Safety, Honesty, Accountability, Empathy, Respect, and Dedication.



Dr. Bruce DeRuntz
Southern Illinois University
1230 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, Illinois 62901